What Happens During Grief Recovery

By: Maurice Turmel PhD


To successfully manage your grief recovery you will need a straightforward program that addresses all aspects of the experience of major loss. The suffering of intense physical and emotional reactions will require specific actions on your part to counteract their effects and help you heal. Grief recovery can proceed along a variety of lines as long as they address all of its important requirements.
Shock and disorientation are the first experiences we encounter upon hearing about the death of a loved one. This is the way our body and mind typically react to news of a personal tragedy. We find it difficult at first to absorb and accept the reality of this tragic news.
Feeling confused and disorganized becomes part of our immediate reality as our mind grapples with the news of the loss. Some say we move through our days in a dream state as if we're disconnected from the world around us. We keep our emotions at bay as we move through the funeral arrangements, the arrival of family and friends and the inevitalbe post burial feeling of depletion.
Grief recovery begins after the family has left and in conjunction with our acceptance of the loss. Anxiety, depression and similar raw emotions, that we previously contained, are now allowed to surface. We are alone with our thoughts, feelings and reactions and the need to engage in some form of grief recovery looms as a necessity.
Thoughts and feelings associated with the loss make their way into awareness at this point, and begin pressing for attention. If we have some experience dealing with our feelings, then the emotional landscape we are being exposed to may be somewhat familiar. If this is our first tragedy then our grief recovery will be complicated by the confusion that struck us at first and is now laden with these powerful emotions.
Medical help is a good option for our grief recovery in the short term. The effects of sleep deprivation, overwhelming anxiety or deep depression can be mitigated by physician prescribed medications. Your mind, body and emotions have received a severe shock and may require this intervention to help you settle down. Do not try and tough this out, you will only prolong your suffering.
For your long term grief recovery a number of options can now be considered. Joining a support group, seeing a therapist, acquiring helpful book resources, or all three are worthy of consideration. If you've been through grief before, or have some acquaintance with your feelings and emotions, a good grief book and/or audio resource may be all that you need. You will discover that experiencing your emotions is the key to grief recovery.
Books and audio resources usually include a description of the grieving process and a listing of stages you may encounter. The better resources provide a program for dealing with your emotions which always exhibit the strongest effects as a reaction to loss. A grief recovery program that focuses on your emotions and feelings will deliver the greatest benefit in the shortest amount of time.
Grieving individuals often like poetry and music as an accompaniment to their grieving process and assorted healing measures. A good grief recovery resource will include all of these dimensions to help you focus on your feelings and emotions. With the right tools and your determination to heal, your grief recovery can proceed in short order, by which we mean weeks or months, never years.

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Maurice Turmel PhD is a 25 year veteran therapist who has guided numerous individuals through their grief recovery process. His latest book, How to Cope with Grief and Loss, is an actionable program that addresses all the major effects of losing a loved one and can help you deal with your grief recovery needs in a timely fashion.

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