When someone close to you dies, or you lose your job, suffer from chronic or terminal illness, experience a violent act or go through a natural disaster, you don’t just snap back with no ill effects. Even if you are a physically and emotionally healthy person, any loss of a significant nature, or too many losses in a short period of time, results in some form of grief. To learn more about treatment for grief/loss at Malibu Vista, Call 844-874-6483
When normal grief is complicated by new or existing anxiety, depression, substance abuse or other factors, it often causes severe problems functioning in life. If you are so grief-stricken that you begin thinking of suicide as the only way out, this is a sign that immediate help is needed.
At Malibu Vista, we can help women manage the stages of grief and work through unresolved guilt which may be keeping them from living a normal life.
What Is Grief/Loss?
Grief is the emotional reaction to a physical loss. It is often described as heartache and sorrow following the loss of a person, pet, place or situation that is a valued part of a person’s life.
There is also anticipatory grief, which is grief experienced prior to an actual loss. An example of anticipatory grief is worry and anxiety over a loved one who is dying from a terminal illness.
Grieving, also called bereavement, is the process we go through in adjusting to situations in life following a loss. There is no “normal” or expected time for grieving. Some people will be able to return to normal functioning within weeks or months. Others, particularly those who experienced a loss that was traumatic and unexpected or whose daily life has been radically changed, may take a year or longer to fully adjust.
Symptoms of Grief/Loss
Every person experiences grief and loss in unique ways. In addition, a person’s feelings of grief will change from one time to the next and over time. How a person reacts to grief depends on the relationship he or she had with the person, object, or situation that was lost as well as the individual’s personality, life experiences and overall ability to cope.
Symptoms of grief include:
- Aches and pains
- Difficulty sleeping
- Fatigue and/or weakness
- Feeling detached from others
- Feelings of heaviness
- Loss of appetite
- Questioning the reason for the loss, the purpose of pain and suffering, and/or the purpose of life and death
- Stress-related ailments
Prolonged and serious symptoms can also occur from grief, including severe anxiety, depression, physical illness, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and suicidal thoughts and actions.
Causes of Grief
While grief is humans’ natural response to loss, such feelings may be totally unexpected. Some of the losses that may result in grief include:
- The death of a loved one
- A miscarriage or stillbirth (direct, for the mother, indirect, for the spouse/family)
- The birth of a child with a birth defect
- Infertility diagnosis
- Being diagnosed with a terminal or chronic illness
- Suffering a disability from a severe illness or accident
- Loss of independence after an accident or serious illness
- Loss of a job
- Moving from a familiar home
- A natural disaster or act of violence
- Learning that a child has developed a learning disability, behavioral problem, or is abusing substances
Grief can also result from loss that is related to major life changes, most of which are seemingly positive and normal. These include:
- Getting married – loss of independent decision making, for some
- Birth of a child – loss of independence
- Retirement – loss of income, daily social contact, work-related identity
- Aging – loss of physical strength, changes in appearance, diminished energy and/or mental functioning
- Moving out of the house – loss of dependence on parents
- Starting school – loss of the comfort of familiar surroundings at home with the family
Grief can also occur on the anniversaries of a major loss.
Problems may result from unresolved grief or complications associated with grieving, especially if someone has:
- Had several major losses in a short period of time
- Lost a person very important to them
- Experienced the unexpected or violent death of a child caused by an accident, homicide or suicide
- Had to return to work too soon after a death
- Had permanent losses caused by chronic illness
- Had a history of anxiety or depression
Treatment for Grief/Loss
At Malibu Vista, our team of dedicated professionals knows that every woman’s experience of grief and loss is different. There is no cookie-cutter or typical treatment program that will work immediately and in the same way. That’s why we tailor our approach to the woman’s needs, respecting her feelings and helping her to progress through the stages of grief gently and at her own pace.
Counseling and support groups help our clients work through unresolved grief from a past loss that continues to cause complications or disruptions in their daily lives. For women who also have depression, prolonged anxiety, PTSD and/or substance abuse, our tailored approach involves treatment to address those issues concurrently. Reconnect with your passion for life. Call Malibu Vista 844-874-6483