Grief is a state of emotional turmoil that results from the loss of something one holds as being valuable or something that plays an integral part in our day to day lives. Grief can result from:-
· Death of a close family member
· The breakup of a relationship
· Job loss
· The diagnosis of a terminal illness
· A miscarriage
· Failure to realize a dream
· Death of a pet
· A traumatic experience
Of all possible causes of grief there is none that is more dramatic than the loss of a loved one.
How to determine the emotions associated with grief?
A number of emotions are associated with grief resulting from the loss of a loved one. Different individuals tend to go through some emotions while skipping others. The emotions tend to occur more as a roller coaster than an actual sequence of emotions.
i. Shock/Denial: This is the inability to fully register that the loss has actually happened. In the loss of a loved one, an individual will often deny the reality of the death. This state might last from a few hours to several days.
ii. Anger: The anger associated with the loss can be directed to any number of persons or situations. In the case of the loss of a loved one, the anger might be directed to doctors, nurses, other family members, deceased, one own self or even God.
iii. Guilt: One might blame him or herself for having not done anything to prevent the death or for not having been there when the death happened. The guilt is mainly due to unresolved issues.
iv. Sadness: This is exhibited by prolonged periods of weeping or in intermittent periods where the individual bursts uncontrollably into tears. This marks the onset of accepting the death.
v. Fear: Anxiety and fear arises as the individual contemplates the future. This might result in a state of panic especially in cases where the loss was that of a life partner, a sibling or a parent. The fear is also based on the realization of one’s mortality.
vi. Depression: This emotional state…