Grief is a normal response to loss, it can result from the death of a family member or friend, the presence of terminal illness or the end of a relationship.
It is multifaceted and consists of an emotional response to loss, but can also have physical, cognitive, behavioral, social, and philosophical aspects.
While the terms are often used interchangeably, bereavement refers to the state of loss, and grief is the reaction to loss.
Elizabeth Kubler-Ross defined five stages of grief, being;
Grief is a natural process and it is important and natural to go through it, however if after 6 months to a year.
Bereavement, while a normal part of life, carries a degree of risk when severe. Severe reactions affect approximately 10% to 15% of people. Severe reactions mainly occur in people with depression present before the loss event. Severe grief reactions may carry over into normal family life giving an increased risks for stress-related illnesses
Increased doctor visits, with symptoms such as abdominal pain, breathing difficulties, and so forth in the first six months following a death. In other an increase in mortality rate has been noted with a five times greater risk of suicide in teenagers following the death of a parent. In some cases this can become Prolonged grief disorder (PGD).
It is important to grieve naturally however most people notice a change in mood after 6 to 8 weeks, the whole process can take between 6 months and 4 years to fully resolve.
If after a period of 6 months to a year the client feels there life is still unduly affected by their grief then Hypnotherapy can be beneficial.
Chris Breen is a Clinical Hypnotherapist, Advanced Nurse Practitioner and Non-Medical Prescriber, Holding Diplomas In General and Gastric Band Hypnosis, He is registered with the General Hypnotherapy Register and the International Alliance of Holistic Therapists, We also have full indemnity Insurance.