Experiencing a loss can be an intensely painful and devastating experience that may feel unreal. If you don’t receive the care and support necessary to process your loss, you might see a negative impact in other areas of your life.
When we think about grief, we tend to think of death and the mourning that comes with bereavement. But it is not only the passing of a loved one that leads to feelings of loss.
People can also experience grief in other contexts, like a relationship ending or losing a job or possessions such as one’s house as a result of financial difficulties.
While it is not classified as a mental health disorder in itself, if the emotional effects of your grief and loss are not managed, they can lead to other mental health issues such as depression and anxiety.
Grief and bereavement are experienced differently by everyone, but understanding some common aspects that may help you to eventually cope better with loss.
Following a loss, experiencing these signs is normal. However, if any of these emotions feel overwhelming or persist for a long time, seeking professional help is a wise option.
After a sudden loss, you may experience the following:
Shock symptoms such as shaking, inability to move, stomach aches and headaches, exhaustion, and feeling on edge. These will usually pass after a few days; if they don’t, one should seek professional assistance
Insomnia and nightmares
Feeling alone and that no one understands you and what you are going through
Anger and regret
Feelings of sadness, desperation, and loneliness
Appetite and energy changes
Feelings of guilt and anger
Our general self-assessment can help you better understand and reflect on what you're experiencing, and find the assistance you may need.
If you have experienced a loss, finding your way back to functioning optimally in your daily life may feel almost impossible. It’s normal to feel detached, overwhelmed, and at a loss when it comes to even basic social interactions. However, with care and support, it is possible to process the loss, manage your emotional symptoms, and find a way to cope and move on as best you can.
The Netcare Akeso general psychiatry programme can help you with this. As part of the programme you will learn new skills that can be practically implemented in your life and help you to heal.
As part of our commitment to providing the best and safest care to all of our patients, we listen. If you have anything you'd like to ask us, or need assistance accessing our services, please get in touch.