Reacting to Loss
People lose different people and things in life. This is a difficult situation to overcome since we get connected to objects and people who and which will not always be with us. Therefore, we need to cope with the loss, which is bound to affect us eventually.
Losing a loved person due to death is one of the worst things that can affect a human being. We all manage to stay alive after losing someone in our own ways, since every individual reacts differently to loss and bereavement.
Also, many other factors influence our behavior in such situations. Our religious background, upbringing, culture, mental history, coping skills and other aspects of our personality make us deal with loss the way we do.
Grief, Loss, Mourning and Bereavement
Additionally, even though people usually do not differentiate grief, mourning and bereavement, there are visible distinctions between the three emotions. We feel grief and are grieving when we are reacting to a loss we have endured. This loss may be physical, like death of a family member, or social and symbolic, like loss of a job or a partner. Thus, grief can be mental, social, physical and emotional. Hand-in-hand with it, we might feel anger, anxiety, despair, guilt and sadness affecting us in many physical ways, making us sick, lacking appetite and sleep or suffering from other issues of this type.
Moreover, we may change after our loss, getting in contact with the rest of our family, getting back to work, feeling differently about certain aspects of life etc. Bereavement is connected to a living person who is no longer with us and mourning is the process of sorrow affecting us after our loss. Grief changes us, makes us feel sad, guilty, hostile or different in many respects.
Getting over Grief
People who are grieving may find comfort in professional treatment. Nevertheless, other people, who are also facing bereavement and grief, may help their fellow sufferers through support, understanding and devotion.
It is important to talk about the loss and help the people mourning accept it. They need to express their feelings and let their hidden anger, sorrow or other kind of emotion out. Since being left without a loved one can make a great impact on your life, you need to learn how to live in these, different conditions, needing all the help you can get, making all further decisions in your life alone.
People who are grieving need to detach from their lost ones eventually, moving on and meeting other people, making new relationships. Still, this is hard and these people need all the support they can get. Moreover, you should never forget the person you have lost. Rather, you should keep all the positive images and memories with you forever.