Grief is a universal human experience Grief is our way of reacting when we lose someone important to us. It is a whole person experience, not limited to our emotions. Grief is unique to you, even family members may grief differently.
Agitation, tenseness, restlessness, fatigue, over-activity, searching, crying, sigh, social withdrawal, loss of interest, low energy, dreams of the deceased, attach to/avoid items of the deceased, etc.
Loss of appetite, sleep disturbances, energy loss, exhaustion, complaints of ‘hollow’ stomach, tightened chest, constricted throat, breathlessness; hyper-sensitivity to sight/smell/sound, physical complaints similar to deceased, lower immunity, etc.
Preoccupation with thoughts of deceased, sensing the presence of the deceased, disbelief, unreal, helpless, hopeless, difficulties with memory and concentration, absent-minded, disorganised thoughts, etc.
Depressive, despair, distress, anxious, fearful, guilt, self-blame, angry, irritable, lonely, sad, longing, shock, numb, liberated, relief, etc.
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There is no specific timeline to grief. You cope better over time. Coping better does not mean you are forgetting your loved one.
When your grief reactions continue to be very intense and frequent, to the extent that your health, personal care, daily function, work or school performance and relationships etc. are affected, consider seeking professional help.
If you experience any signs of depression, see your doctor or visit a counsellor. You may also use the self-assessment tool on
Mindline.sg to check your emotional well-being.
You can approach your nearby
General Practitioners or
Polyclinic Doctors for help or look for counsellors specialising in grief, loss and depression. Here are some available resources:
It is important to learn to
care for yourself despite grieving. To learn about other forms of mental wellness,
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