If you have been through a season of grief, you know the process can profoundly affect you mentally and physically. Studies back up this experience, according to this article from Fatherly.com.

Some studies say the same portions of the brain involved in processing grief, the ones that help us in retrieving memories and dwelling on the past, also help regulate sleep and appetite – hence the physiological effects of grief.

The nature of the loss (whether it was expected or unexpected), the relationship the grieved had with the deceased, gender, and many other factors play into an individual’s response to grief. That’s why it’s important to remember and remind those who have lost a loved one that grief looks different to everybody.

Shepherd’s Cove grief support professionals offer just two limitations to coping with grief – don’t break the law and don’t harm yourself or others. As long as it stays within these parameters, a person in grief should utilize any coping method that helps them move from grief to mourning. But the difference between grief and mourning is not always recognized.

Grief is the initial, internal reaction to loss. Mourning is an outward response to loss, or “grief gone public.” Mourning externalizes grief as an action, symbol, ceremony, or ritual. Although there is no specific timetable for grief, the ability to mourn, or express grief, is essential to moving forward through the grief process.

Unresolved grief can lead to depression, post-traumatic stress disorder, and other psychological issues. Some studies also link unresolved grief to hypertension, cardiac events, immune disorders, and cancer, according to Fatherly.com.

Read more about the physical and psychological effects of grief here

No one in our community should have to go through the grief process alone. The grief support professionals at Shepherd’s Cove Hospice help hundreds of children and adults every year learn to cope with their grief and mourn their loss in healthy ways. Our services, including one-on-one support, group counseling, in-school bereavement, and workplace crisis services, are available to everyone in our nine-county service area at no cost to the participant, regardless of the nature of the loss or whether or not your loved one was served by hospice.

If you or someone you know is going through a season of grief, we are here to help. There is more life after loss, and we can be there to help you along the journey.