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Sooner or later, everyone will have to deal with the loss of a loved one. Grief is like a fingerprint, recognizable to everyone, but not the same for anyone. Grief expresses itself through all kinds of thoughts, feelings and experiences, but also through your own reaction to those feelings and the way you deal with them. Grieving is therefore not a passive undergoing of everything. How someone reacts differs per person and is also related to, for example, the circumstances of the death or the people in the environment.

One of the biggest misunderstandings about mourning and grieving is that one can only mourn for someone who has died. But what if someone is still alive, and nevertheless drifts further and further away from you, as is the case with dementia, for example? But loss of your job or termination of your relationship, burnout, miscarriage or unwanted childlessness can also cause feelings of grief.

Although everyone grieves differently, there are some common symptoms that you can recognize. These symptoms are a normal reaction to the loss. The symptoms can be divided into two categories: psychological symptoms and physical symptoms.

Psychological symptoms

Loss can cause a lot of grief and you can feel very depressed. However, you may feel guilty mainly because you feel that you could have done more or could havedone something to prevent the loss. Or do you experience relief because your loved one no longer has to suffer.

Some psychological grief symptoms that you can experience are:

  • Anger
  • Loneliness
  • Contentment
  • Worrying
  • Depressive complaints
  • Denial
  • Concentration problems

Physical symptoms

Grieving is intense and costs a lot of energy. It is therefore not surprising if you feel tired, are lethargic, suffer from headaches and are passive. However, it is also possible that you are overactive in order not to have to deal with the loss. Or maybe you do not get gasp more and you can't sleep because you worry a lot.

Dealing with the loss; it may seem an impossible task at first. It is as if you are in a deep pit from which you cannot climb. Yet you will notice that with small steps you manage to get out of the pit, alone or with help. The Phoenix Residence offers coaching in loss and mourning, both on an individual basis as in a group or form of retreat. At the beginning of 2022, the possibilities for this will be announced on the website. You can always contact us if you have any questions about the possibilities.

Phoenix Residence

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