WHAT ARE THE RESPONSES TO LOSS AND GRIEVING?

ACCREDITED SENIOR PSYCHOTHERAPIST/COUNSELLOR -Dr.Fawzy Masaoud-LONDON, ENGLAND

When we
grieve, we experience intense emotions, such as anger, sadness. Some people
report finding these feelings scary and frightening. Some people may experience
hallucinations, feel the presence of the dead person and so on. They may feel
that they are going “crazy”.

This is
all perfectly normal and can be reassuring for the bereaved person to
hear. Working through our feelings of
loss should be continual and conscious.
Later, we will discuss what happens when our grieving goes “wrong”.

There are
ways to help the bereaved. Bereavement support is about “being” rather than
“doing”, that is, helping the person who is grieving to express their feelings
and supporting them while they do. We
cannot take away pain, we do not have all the answers, but we can “be” with the
person who is grieving. It is healthy to
grieve. Grieving for little losses helps us to grieve more healthily…

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