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What is Grief?

Each person has their own way of coping with loss. The grief experience, however, is somewhat similar from one person to another. It’s more than merely an emotional reaction to the loss, but in fact also encompasses changes in cognitive, social and psychological functioning.

In most cases, the grief response will resolve itself naturally over time, but when your grief is complicated by other factors, then it may take longer to resolve, and you may require assistance and grief counselling in working through your loss.

It’s also crucial to note that while grief is most commonly experienced after a loss or bereavement, it can also come about from other circumstances in your life, especially major transitions.

These can include:

  • A divorce or separation from your partner
  • Losing your job
  • Being diagnosed with a chronic or terminal illness, or disability
  • A serious and significant injury
  • Learning that you are not able to have children
  • A miscarriage
  • Losing a deeply loved pet

Signs and Symptoms of Grief

Grief is the normal response to loss or bereavement and encompasses a range of diverse emotions such as anger, sorrow, confusion, anxiety, restlessness, disbelief, panic or even numbness. These emotions are very personal to you and your situation and will vary in intensity and duration depending on the individual.

The most common sign of grief is of course crying, which ranges from subdued sounds to outright sobbing. Other signs and symptoms can include:

  • Vomiting
  • Increased heart rate
  • Headaches
  • Loss of appetite
  • Difficultly sleeping
  • Aches and pains
  • A general feeling of fatigue

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When Should I Seek Help?

You should consider seeking professional help to process and get through your grief after a loss if you have not been able to get back to a normal routine, such as going back to your job or caring for your children.

Without this help, your personal relationships can be affected, there could be an increase in your use of drugs or alcohol, and you may start experiencing regular panic attacks or thinking continuously about self-harm or harming someone else.

Grief can be very damaging if it’s not worked through and resolved in a healthy way. If you are finding yourself in any of these situations, it is highly advised that you seek professional grief counselling Brisbane from CFHP.

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No matter what your personal situation is, having professional help through this challenging time in your life can be extremely beneficial in helping you regain normality. At CFHP you can speak with a professional Brisbane based psychologist, with the experience and training to guide you along this path.

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