Common Signs of Grief and Loss

 

  • Emotional Fluctuations (e.g., anger, guilt, anxiety, sadness)
  • Physical Feelings (e.g., problems sleeping, emotional eating, numbness)
  • Cognitive Functioning (e.g., poor concentration, memory loss)
  • Social Aspects (e.g., withdrawn and/or isolation from family/friends)
  • Changes in Spirituality (e.g., adjusting values, changes in religious beliefs)

Grief is something that is truly unique to each individual. Each one of us grieves differently and how we handle grief depends on who we are as individuals, how we’ve handled death in the past, differences in our support networks (friends/family), and how close we were to the deceased. Grief counselling provides a safe and caring environment for individuals to express themselves without being judged or criticized. Grief counselling also provides individuals with tools to help cope with a death as well as strategies to remember the deceased in an emotionally healthy way.

Loss is also something that is truly unique to the individual. Loss could be anything from a recent job restructuring, changes in a relationship, or a specific life challenging event. Seeking counselling will provide the individual with tools to cope with the loss, discuss the loss in a nurturing environment, and help the individual understand the meaning of the loss.

 

Grief and Loss links:

 

Canadian Virtual Hospice

Support for individuals involved in palliative and end of life-of-life care, grief, and loss

Children and Youth Grief Support Network

Information for families, children, and youth experiencing grief and loss

Coalition to Support Grieving Students

Grief support for students and teaching professionals