Coping With The Loss Of Your Loved One

Understanding the grieving process

Understanding the grieving process

Losing a loved one can be an extremely traumatic and painful experience. When you lose a dear one to cancer, it is only natural to feel a deep sense of grief and irreversible loss. Grieving may often be a lengthy process and involves dealing with a range of emotions, behaviours, actions, trauma, and overwhelming sadness during this immensely difficult time. 

The process of dealing with grief and loss may vary from individual to individual and so will the coping mechanisms. Hence, the process and time duration of adapting to life post the loss of a loved one will be different for everyone.

Common Reactions to Loss

The reactions which one feels to loss are called grief reactions. They may include feelings like shock, sadness, denial, anger, guilt, depression, or loneliness – to name a few. Or they may exhibit themselves through physical sensations like headaches, nausea, tension of the muscles, physical numbness, lack of sleep, or fatigue. They may also manifest themselves through thoughts of disbelief, confusion, preoccupation, or distraction. 

Different people feel either some or all these grief reactions through the process of coping with loss. In several cases mourning – which is a ritual of dealing with grief and loss – affords some solace during the grieving process. Across cultures it may involve practices like preparation for a cremation or burial, memorials, and visits by family and friends.

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