A loved one dies. We lose a job or move to a new city. A relationship breaks up. A medical diagnosis suddenly turns our lives upside down. All these life changes involve loss, and they can be the most difficult times we face in life. Grief is the natural reaction.
When the loss is sudden or shocking, there is no way to prepare. Your sense of security is affected. You may have difficulty sleeping, depression, anxiety, and isolate yourself.
Even when the loss is predictable, as with a terminal illness, the grief can be complicated. You have anticipated the loss, which gives you time to prepare – but then you must deal with the loss itself.
When you’re experiencing grief, it’s natural to feel sad, depressed, anxious, irritable or angry. Many people have difficulty concentrating, trouble sleeping, or little energy. Others may feel guilty or a sense of remorse. They may feel numb, or ambivalent about the loss.
In time, some people need help working through their emotions. There may be lingering issues they have not addressed that won’t let them move through the grief process. A psychotherapist can help someone who feels stuck in their grief, and unable to move on.
Everyone works through their grief at a different pace, and should not be rushed. The emotional pain can be intense at times, but that is normal. Allow friends and loved ones to give you emotional support. Give yourself permission to feel the emotions. Adopt healthier lifestyle habits. Over time, most people begin to cope better.
Give yourself time to relax and go through the grief process. It often helps to get out and socialize — and talk to others who have been through grief. They can help you find ways to cope. Writing in a journal can also help sort out your feelings.
Isolating yourself – or substance abuse – will prevent you from moving on. Healthy coping skills are important in resolving a loss and helping you move forward in the healing process.
At some point, you may feel that you are stuck in your grief. You are having trouble moving on, and can’t stop thinking about your loss. That’s when it helps to speak with a psychotherapist — so you can take steps to move forward.
To find out more about Grief and Loss Services, contact Leslie Terner’s office located at 5480 Wisconsin Avenue Suite LL8 Chevy Chase, Maryland 20815. Leslie Terner provides Grief and Loss counseling in Chevy Chase, MD and its surrounding areas.Book an appointment by calling 301-718-1758
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I am a Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Clinical Nurse Specialist in Chevy Chase, Maryland. I have been in private practice since 1999. I help clients to heal and gain insight into why they have developed their behaviors.