Bereavement is the state of loss when someone close to you has passed away. It causes you to feel a wide range of feelings. And I’m sure you’re no stranger to the unexpected crying spells, the forgetfulness, and the loneliness that comes with it all. Grieving a loss is not pretty or fun. It’s tiring, unpredictable, and continuous.

It’s an awful feeling losing someone close to you. There’s no sugar coating it. There’s no guidebook to follow and unfortunately, nobody can prepare you for the overflow of feelings that come with the loss. But you can find support. Being able to talk about your loved one(s) and what you’re feeling with someone is part of the healing process. I would even argue, it’s the most important part of the process. Learning to engage with people again. Learning how to talk about your loved one without breaking into tears instantaneously. Learning how to live life again without that person.

You will learn to understand how to cope with these feelings day by day because there is no right or wrong way to grieve. You won’t be forced to “fill the void” because that’s just not possible. But you will learn how to decorate that void with all the hundreds of memories it comes with. The void will never go away, but it will become smaller as you learn to shift your perspective on things.

Loss can make you feel weak, but you always come back stronger.

Possible Symptoms of Grief:

  • Depression/Lack of productivity
  • Feels of anxiety
  • Crying spells
  • Trouble sleeping
  • Changes in appetite
  • Feelings of sadness and/or
  • Feelings of survival guilt
  • Mood swings
  • Problems concentration, remembering, or making decisions