Grief Symptoms Can Be Short Lived or Prolonged

September 4, 2018

Once you’ve loved and lost, you’ll know what grief is about. And pet lovers experience grief every bit as devastating as those who lose a human companion. Sometimes the grief is even worse.

There is even anticipatory grief. That’s when people experience grief when they know that their pet or their loved one is terminally ill. It occurs before death. However, it can be an important part of the grieving process. That’s because it allows time for loved ones to say goodbye and to start planning for the funeral.

Grief can change a Personality

When you lose a loved one, you go through a host of emotions. Some people emerge from the grieving process never quite the same person again. Losing a partner, a friend or a pet can be so traumatic that the bereaved undergoes a personality change after the death of Grieftheir beloved. Unhappiness and deep sorrow followed by depression often make the person difficult to be with, and some people even become reclusive, shutting themselves from everyone and everything and experiencing difficulty with functioning at home and work.

A full Spectrum of Symptoms

There are many different symptoms of grief, and everyone grieves differently. While some people become silent and thoughtful, others become loud and raucous, trying to let people believe that they’re coping well when all the time they just want to burst into tears. Some of the other symptoms of grief include denial, anger, calm acceptance and hysteria with many people being unable to make peace that their ‘anchor’ in life has passed on.

Symptoms of intense grief include longing for the deceased and intrusive thoughts about the deceased, feelings of isolation and emptiness and wanting to stop doing anything that brings back a flood of memories of the departed. Prolonged grief can go on far longer than a month or two, spreading into a year or more, affecting the sufferer’s relationships with the people around them, causing them to doubt their beliefs, and resulting in the bereaved pining away and simply longing for their deceased loved one.

Some people become so distraught that as time goes on, they react to the loss of a loved one by even contemplating suicide. This is when to assess the grief; a medical doctor asks questions to assess what symptoms the individual is suffering from and whether they are suffering from normal grief or prolonged grief.

Just Show you Care

The truth is that everyone is different and there is no right or wrong way to feel after losing someone you care about. There are people who put on a brave front and keep on smiling, refusing help of any kind. Often these people get criticised and are called unfeeling and cold. Maybe they didn’t care to much for the person who passed on, but there are people like them who grieve deeply but don’t show any emotions whatsoever.

Grief can take a long time, and during this time it can be difficult for the person experiencing grief to function 100%. Forgetfulness, inability to concentrate, lack of interest, lowered tolerance levels, chronic fatigue and tearfulness are all symptoms of the grieving person. While you can’t take away the pain of loss, all you can do is provide much-needed comfort and support, and though the person may not respond, they at least know that you care.

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