Grief Recovery

Grief is a normal human emotion, and is associated with a loss of any kind, most obviously the death of a loved friend or relative. Other losses humans can grieve are that of a marriage by divorce, a job, a home, our younger days, a pet, or our adult children leaving home.

Feelings and thoughts often experienced while grieving are:

  • Disbelief
  • Sadness
  • Confusion
  • Anger
  • Guilt
  • Anxiety
  • Loneliness
  • Fatigue
  • Helplessness
  • Preoccupation
  • Shock
  • Yearning
  • Emancipation
  • Relief
  • Numbness

These feelings can come and go, in no particular order, and can cause physical sensations such as:

  • Loss of appetite
  • Tightness in the chest or throat
  • Insomnia
  • Oversensitivity to noise
  • Muscle weakness
  • Irritability
  • Dry mouth
  • Shortness of breath

There are numerous support groups, agencies, organizations and literature for people in grief; looking for and recognizing help is the first step. Grief recovery is a healing process that requires time and cannot be rushed. Northshore Funeral Services suggests the following as just a FEW places to look: