Grief and Loss

Grief

 

Grief is a natural response to loss. It is usually thought of as a reaction to the loss of a loved one, but it can also occur after a wider range of events. This loss can involve a person, place, object, or situation which an individual has developed a significant attachment to.

Common events which lead to grief include:

  • Loss of a loved one – through death or separation
  • Separation or divorce
  • Onset of disability or illness
  • Loved one’s onset or disability or illness
  • Miscarriage
  • A loved one experiencing serious illness or disability
  • Loss of employment
Symptoms

Grief is often described as an overwhelming feeling that can feel like it is taking over your entire life, but every person has their own way of dealing with it. This feeling can influence wide aspects of an individual – their physical, emotional, behavioural, cognitive and spiritual wellbeing.

Some of the common ways which grief can present include:

  • Sadness
  • Confusion
  • Helplessness
  • Shock and disbelief
  • Denial
  • Anger
  • Feelings of guilt
  • Fear
  • Changes to sleeping patterns
  • Difficulties concentrating
  • Preoccupied thoughts about the loss
  • Anxiety about the future

There is no right or wrong way to experience grief. Some people find it helpful to talk about their grief experience and their feelings, others prefer time alone to process what has happened. Most often, after grief lessens over time you learn to cope with the loss. However, grief can still be strongly felt a long time after the loss has occurred. These feelings might be consistent, or you may go a long time without having felt the grief. Each individual will learn to cope with their loss differently.

Next Steps

If you have suffered from a loss and having some difficulty coping, seeing a psychologist may help you to adjust. A psychologist can help by listening to your story, gaining an understanding of your loss and what this has meant for you, and helping you to find ways to cope through the grieving period.

Book your appointment

If you would like support to cope with your loss and feelings of grief you can contact us at Your Psych Centre via phone, email or drop in to our office to arrange to meet with one of our trained psychologists for a confidential discussion.

No referral is needed to make an appointment. However, you can arrange for an appointment with your GP to discuss your mental health and the support which is available. If you are eligible for a Mental Health Care Plan, your GP can provide this to you to bring along to your session which will allow you to access a rebate through Medicare.

In an emergency:

If you are in need of urgent support you can contact a

number of different 24 hour mental health services

for immediate support:

Lifeline13 11 14
Mental Health Line1800 011 511
Kids Helpline1800 551 800

or contact your local doctor or hospital.