Faith – Make It Real

The Signs of Grief

Woman in Grief

Grief is something that touches each of us during our lifetimes. Grief is a natural and normal reaction to loss and change, which may be the loss of a loved one or friend to death, they or you moved far away with little contact, the loss of a job, a home, a family through divorce, and so on.

Grief affects the physical, emotional, psychological, behavioral and spiritual aspects of the one suffering the loss. The intensity of grief, its pattern, time it hits the person and the time it takes to resolve the grief differs from person to person.

If you have a friend, loved one, coworker or fellow church member, whom you believe may be suffering from grief, I’ve listed the symptoms on this. If the individual shows many of these symptoms in excess, try to get them help or ask your minister to speak to the person. Here are the symptoms:

Behavioral

  • crying a lot
  • avoiding reminders of the loss
  • withdrawal
  • moodiness
  • change of relationships
  • carrying reminders of the loss
  • over-activity
  • apathy

Emotional

  • anger
  • sadness
  • anxiety
  • feeling helpless
  • shock
  • numbness
  • yearning
  • relief
  • guilt

Physical

  • headaches
  • dizziness
  • exhaustion
  • muscular aches
  • loss of appetite
  • insomnia
  • hollowness
  • breathlessness

Psychological

  • depersonalized feeling
  • lack of concentration
  • searching for the meaning of life or death
  • dreaming of the loss/person
  • preoccupation of the loss/person

Sudden Spiritual Changes

  • embracing one’s faith
  • reliance upon God
  • facing one’s own mortality
  • questioning one’s faith
  • anger toward God
  • searching for the meaning of life or death
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