Stress & Burnout – Edmonton Therapy

Grief is a natural response to a loss. It is the emotional distress that a person feels when something or someone they love is lost/gone/taken away. The more significant the loss, the more intense the grief will be. Many situations can lead to grief, including, but not limited to the following:

  • Death of a love one
  • Loss of important relationship
  • Death of a pet
  • Moving
  • Loss of health
  • Loss of employment
  • Divorce/Relationship Ending
  • Miscarriage
  • Retirement
  • Loss of safety
  • Loss of financial stability
  • Loss of house
  • Loss of dream
  • Graduating

It is important to know that everyone grieves in their own way and in their own time. Unresolved grief can accumulate emotionally and physically, and can lead people to experience headaches, chronic anger or depression, ulcers, suicide. When grief is overwhelming, people may keep busy, replace the loss (if possible), work, or use food/alcohol/drugs/sex/shopping as coping strategies. All of these can delay your grieving process. In addition, you may be thinking “time heals all wounds” or “I have to be strong.” Others may be saying “she/he just needs some alone time.” These again, do not help us deal with the loss. So what can you do to heal? How do you feel better?

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