These are just some of the reactions you can expect after experiencing a profound loss. Understanding and dealing with grief can help us face the many changes we will experience. It will leave us deeply affected, and impacted. It is necessary to work through the emotions and behaviors associated with loss or they could manifest themselves through symptoms such as depression and anxiety. Accepting and experiencing the reality and pain of grief is probably the hardest work an individual will face. If you think you need help in your grief, talking to a counselor or another supportive person may help you move forward in the healing process.
People who are grieving often feel isolated or lonely in their grief. Soon after the loss, social activities and support from others may decrease. As the shock of the loss fades, there is a tendency on the part of the griever to feel more pain and sadness. Well-meaning friends may avoid discussing the subject due to their own discomfort with grief or their fear of "making the person feel bad". They may "not know what to say".
People who grieve are likely to fluctuate between wanting some time to themselves and wanting closeness with others. They may want someone to talk about their feelings and experiences. Showing concern and thoughtfulness about a friend shows that you care. It’s better to feel nervous and awkward sitting with a grieving friend than not to be there for them at all. This is a time to reaffirm the value in your relationship.
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