Understanding the Grieving Process

Adrienne Jaworski, R.N. shares many of the ways the grieving process in a friend or loved one reveals itself.

The following is a transcription of the video:

How Grief Impacts Those Suffering

Today we’re going to talk about how to help a grieving friend. Grief is a natural process that we have all gone through at sometime or another and maybe numerous times have gone through in our life. Where it’s an adjustment to some significant loss. We know that when we grieve, our emotions and our feelings are different every day. We may start off feeling absolutely great and by twelve o’clock … not so much. 

Grievers feel like they’re going crazy because of the wide-reaching effect of their emotions. And it manifests itself in their physical well-being, their emotional well-being, their mental well-being, and their spiritual well-being. We know that when people are grieving they become overwhelmed by making any kind of decision or cognitive input. We know that grievers have a disruption in their habits, their sleeping habits, their eating habits, sleep too much, sleep too little, eat a lot, don’t eat at all, right?.

Their energy level changes, from hour to hour. And their powers of concentration and memory are diminished. Sometimes grievers won’t experience the loss until months down the road. So it might be a delayed reaction. We also know that as people age or as they’re grieving, sometimes people don’t know what to do, so they stay away and sometimes just that loss of contact with them is adding to the grief.


Last updated: 05.17.2017

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