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Signs of Grief

There are a number of different ways to tell when you are grieving and it is important to recognize the signs and symptoms of grief as well as have resources available to help you through the grieving process. Grief is typically an all encompassing emotion and can leave you feeling bereft and alone. Recognizing the symptoms can assist you with not only acknowledging that you are grieving but also help you find the help and support that you will need during the difficult moments. Everlasting Memories has numerous ideas that can help you understand the symptoms and also give you some ideas on how to move forward through the grieving process so you can live a full and enriched life.

Grief is an emotion that is significant typically when you experience an immense sense of loss. This loss can be brought about by numerous situations in your life such as the loss of a loved one, the loss of a job, the loss of your independence through an accident or illness or even the loss of a pet or your identity. This loss can bring about feelings of deep sadness and despair, anger and even guilt. Grief can last for a few days, weeks or even in some extreme cases months and years. The good news is that there are a number of resources available to help you through the grieving process.

There are both physical and emotional symptoms of grief and typically you will experience symptoms of both. Some of the most common physical symptoms of grief are fatigue, sleeplessness, crying and a change in appetite. Consequently, you can experience the exact opposite of these physical symptoms including, restlessness, hyperactivity and weight loss. Some of the most typical emotional symptoms include but are not limited to a sense of sadness and guilt, abandonment, anger and even fear. Most individuals will experience a medley of physical and emotional symptoms after experiencing some sort of loss in their life.

Some of the physical and emotional symptoms of grief are:

  • Fatigue
  • Restlessness
  • Anger

Signs and symptoms of grief are not limited to just emotional and physical displays. You can also experience behavioral and social aspects of losing something or someone that was an integral part of your life. You may experience of a degree of forgetfulness and aimlessness that makes performing everyday tasks virtually impossible. You may actually feel the presence of your loved one and imagine they are right there with you. Withdrawing from social situations and acting out is an example of one of the social symptoms prevalent with those that are grieving. You may also show and have a complete lack of interest in those around you.

Recognizing the symptoms of grief is an important part of the healing process and for those that have loved ones that are grieving it is an important part of helping them through such a difficult time. Everlasting Memories encourages those that are showing the signs and symptoms of grief to look for support through family, friends and even through medical assistance so that you may continue forward with your life.