There is no right or wrong way to grieve after a loss.
- The normal response of sorrow and emotions, thoughts and behaviors that follow the loss of someone or something important to you
- A natural part of life
- A typical reaction to death, divorce, illness, job loss, a move away from family and friends or any lifechanging experience
- Very personal—it is different for everyone—there is no right or wrong way to grieve
Grief reactions may include…
- Feeling empty and numb, as if you are in a state of shock
- Physical responses such as nausea, trouble breathing, crying, confusion, lack of energy, dry mouth, or changes in sleeping and eating patterns
- Anger—at a situation, a person or in general
- Guilt about what you did or did not do
- Withdrawal from family, friends and common activities
- Difficulty focusing, working or making decisions
- Questions about faith or spirituality; challenges to the meaning, value and purpose you find in life
- As long as it takes to adjust to the changes in your life after your loss
- For months, or even years. Grief has no timetable; thoughts, emotions, behaviors and other responses may come and go
It is important to experience all of the thoughts and emotions that come up, as painful as they may be, and to treat yourself with patience and kindness.
Talk about your loss
Take the time to talk to family, friends or a counselor. You can also find support by joining a hospice or community support group. Let them know you need to share your memories and express your sadness.
Smoky Mountain Home Health and Hospice offers many resources to help you through your time of grief.