"Normal Responses to Grief and Loss"
The next few mornings I will list some typical responses following a loss. This is not a checklist where you need to achieve each one. But do not be surprised if you can identify with some of these responses.
* Numb to people and events around you....feeling out of place....living in a "fog".
* a feeling of tightness in the throat or heaviness in the chest. Grief impacts us physically...self-care during this time is vital.
* a feeling of emptiness in the stomach and a change in eating habits. You may lose interest in food...or you may eat all the time. You may see a pattern of snacking your way through the day.
* feelings of restlessness, losing the ability to focus and concentrate. The brain is in shock...it does not function properly. You may forget names, dates, and easily misplace things. While driving, you may miss turns, get lost, or even have an accident. Please use caution when driving. Intentionally focus.
* feeling as though the loss is not real, like it is a bad dream.
* sensing your loved ones presence around you. You may think you hear their voice, or even see their face in a crowd. Remember, we lose people physically, but emotionally and spiritually we never lose them.
These are very normal responses to grief. Please allow yourself to be normal.
Grief does NOT have a set timeframe. We will NOT "get over it"...it is not like a cold. We will be grievers for the rest of our life. So we will learn some "tools" to live as a griever.
More "normal responses" tomorrow. I will be looking for you ⚘🙏⚘🙏
Bob Willis, author
"A Guide for Grievers"
"JESUS: The CRUCIFIED CAREGIVER"