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Grieving Process

Posted On: Feb 09, 2017

This Is When You Need to Call for Help

Feelings of hopelessness and profound loss are natural parts of the grieving process, but they can reach a depth that has the potential to become dangerous. Grief can linger for a surprising length of time, but it also smooths down into a gentler, softer emotion. If it doesn't get better or lighter, if it transforms into something else, or if it turns into a deeper sort of depression, then you have to talk to someone else. You might need to speak with a professional who specializes in dealing with grief, or you may need to turn to a medical professional for assistance. Don't be afraid to ask for help.

If You're Having Thoughts of Suicide

First and foremost, if you're thinking of harming yourself, please don't keep those feelings to yourself. Reach out. Talk to someone. It's common to feel hopeless, lost, or unsure of how to go on after losing someone close to you, but once those feelings turn to thoughts of self-harm, they've progressed beyond the bounds of the natural grieving process. Whether you reach out to a friend, a family member, a therapist, a pastor, or the local or national hotline for suicide prevention, please talk to someone.

If You Feel Detached for Weeks

A certain level of detachment is common, even expected. The shock comes into play even with a death for which you think you're prepared. It also takes time to adjust to the world without your loved one in it. An integral part of your life is now gone. However, that feeling should fade over time. If you feel detached from your life or reality in general for longer than a week or two, then you need to talk to someone.

If You're Not Interested in Your Day-to-Day Life

A lack of interest is another signature trait of bereavement. Again, however, it tends to fade over time, either naturally or because you force yourself to reenter the world and resume your routine. A continued disinterest in performing your usual daily activities is a sign of depression. Although grief is depressive in nature, it's more of a situational depression. Don't take it lightly if your grief and its attendant emotions deepen into a more severe depression.

You can reach out at any time. You know when something feels wrong, and grief is nothing to ignore. Perhaps you need to attend a grief group or speak to a therapist, but you won't know if you don't speak out.