People who are coping with loss may grieve in different ways, but grief
symptoms tend to follow a common pattern. To provide
grief support to a loved one, you should understand the basic symptoms and stages of
grief. Here is a brief guide to grief stages, symptoms, and support.
The Five Stages of Grief
The first stage of grief is denial, which generally occurs right after
learning of the loss of a loved one. The second stage is anger, which
is how many people first begin processing and coping with loss. The third
stage is bargaining, and the fourth stage is depression, which is when
most people start
coping with guilt and sadness. The fifth stage is acceptance, as the person who is grieving
tries to make peace with their loss.
The General Symptoms of Grief
There are a few common symptoms of grief that you may notice in someone
coping with loss. If a death was unexpected, someone may experience shock
and disbelief. Most people experience guilt and anger, and some also experience
fear and anxiety as they confront their own mortality and think about
moving on with life without their loved one. Other people may even experience
physical symptoms of grief, such as fatigue, nausea, aches and pains,
insomnia, and panic attacks.
How to Use this Information to Provide Grief Support
The best way to provide grief support to someone who is coping with losing
a loved one is to be supportive, listen to his or her feelings, and help
out in any way that you can. If your friend or loved one needs professional
grief support services, you can help him find a counselor or therapist
in the area.
If you or a loved one is
coping with grief in Chicago, IL, our compassionate staff at Leak & Sons Funeral Homes can help. We
care deeply about our community, and offer grief support services and
resources that provide valuable help to those who are coping with loss.
To learn more about our funeral home and our grief support services, call
us today at (773) 846-6567.