Tell Tale Signs of Grief
When you lose a love one or experience a significant loss of some type, society’s expectation is that you get over it and move on after about a week or so. Although this may appear true for many that have experienced a major loss, this is actually far from the truth for most. A smile and the appearance of doing well can mask the pain and sorrow caused by loss. This further leads to people hurting and suffering in silence and all alone.
My hope is that Tell Tale Signs of Grief will help you be aware of what to look for when you or someone you know are experiencing loss. Let’s start by defining grief. According to the English Oxford Online Dictionary, grief is defined as “Intense sorrow, especially caused by someone’s death.”
Keep this definition in mind as we move forward in identifying what grief looks like in a person experiencing loss.
Tell Tale Signs of Grief:
- Eating too much or too little
- Sleeping too much or too little
- Loss of personal care and hygiene
- Loss of interest in hobbies or socializing
- Difficulty concentrating or making rational decisions
- Overly optimistic or overly pessimistic
- Unexplained body pain or ailment
- Mental suffering or suicidal thoughts
- Crying all the time or appearing emotionless and unaffected
- Loss of interest in life
Hopefully this list is helpful in making you aware of the grief that you or your love one may be experiencing months and years after your loss. In my next post, I will focus on what to do if you are experiencing any of the Tell Tale Signs of Grief.