Emotional Reactions to Grief

“No one ever told me that grief felt so like fear. I am not afraid, but the sensation is like being afraid. The same fluttering in the stomach, the same restlessness, the yawning. I keep on swallowing.”

—C. S. Lewis

After the loss of a loved one, grieving takes a toll on your heart. Memories may trigger outbursts of emotion, sometimes when you may least expect it. Intense emotions can come on unexpectedly and persist. These may include shock, numbness, disorientation, sadness, anger, despair, guilt and emptiness.

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Grief and the Holidays

The holiday season can be challenging for many individuals, especially if you are grieving.

The absence of your loved one can be difficult to deal with during this time. Reflecting on past holiday memories can bring you happiness and pain, and thinking about what the holidays would have been like if your loved one were here can also be tough. But please remember that sometimes the anxiety building up to the holidays is much worse than the actual day. Read More