WHAT ARE THE RESPONSES TO LOSS AND GRIEVING IN MENTAL HEALTH?

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.

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 for more serious losses.  



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