Anti aging guide

Bereavement and Grief



How to overcome grief and treatments to lessen the impact of bereavement

Although not strictly a medical problem, bereavement can be an important cause of anxiety and worry as we grow older. The possibility of losing a loved one increases with age and sooner or later everybody will experience the devastation of a death.

Often people don’t realize that there are different stages of grief. They are not sure of their feelings and they may believe that they are experiencing strange symptoms or unique emotions.

In fact there are four stages that we all go through following a loss:

  1. First there is disbelief and shock. This is a natural reaction designed to lessen the impact of loss.
  2. Then comes grief, with pining, yearning, feelings of guilt, anger at the injustice of the loss and remembering the old times.
  3. This is followed by depression, as the full reality of the loss begins to sink in, often causing loss of self-confidence and loss of identity.
  4. Finally there is recovery and acceptance.

These phases last for different times in different people, but they are more or less always present.

As you grow older, be prepared for the loss of bereavement. Think about the future and don’t take anything for granted. Make it easy for yourself by learning to do things you don’t usually get involved in: cooking, doing the housework, learning new skills, doing the household bills.

For the bereaved, sharing the fears and grief with others or attending counseling sessions can also help. Many people rediscover the healing powers of spiritual and religious experiences during bereavement.

Complementary treatments to help lessen the impact of bereavement are:

  • Homeopathy, using ignatia immediately after the loss and natrum mur for long-term problems
  • Flower remedies, using pear blossom and honeysuckle to reduce grief
  • Hypnotherapy to help come to terms with the loss, emphasize the good points of the dead person and to reduce all the negative images of the fatal disease
Posted by Carol Hudgens - March 20, 2012 at 1:25 pm