Mental Health Guidance
Physical and Emotional Aspects of Grief—
Mental Health America
Mental Health America provides detailed information on what to expect when someone close to you dies and explores the emotions and the many reactions we experience. Denial, disbelief—to anger, despair, and grief are addressed, as are the experiences of mourning a loved one and living with grief. Mental Health America also addresses how to be of help to others who are grieving and to children facing the loss of a loved one or friend/family member.
Mental Health America reports that some people mention physical symptoms that accompany grief. Tummy upsets, no appetite, sleep dysfunction, and tiredness are typical. Existing illnesses may get worse and other conditions can develop. It's particularly important to take care of your own health or pay attention to the concerns of those around you, particularly close family members, who will be aware of your health issues. If you're a care giver or helper, it's good to keep an eye on your friends/family members who are experiencing grief for signs that they are unable to cope with the physical and emotional manifestations of loss.
The Canadian Mental Health Association
The Canadian Mental Health Association provides information on its website and a downloadable PDF that may be helpful. The CMHA writes about three stages of grieving that most of us will feel, but stresses that individual responses vary, the flow is not logical from one to the other, and we may jump backwards and forwards—time has no measure and “the period of grieving depends upon the situation and varies greatly from person to person. Grieving is not a weakness, it is a necessity.”
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