Grief is a natural human emotion, but its effects can vary from person to person. Dr. Andrea Braverman, a health psychologist in Jefferson’s Obstetrics and Gynecology department, recently participated in an ABC News Twitter Chat on the subject. Here are some facts and tips on dealing with grief:
- The stages of grief are not linear, but can include: sadness, feeling overwhelmed, anger, disconnect from faith and loneliness.
- Grief can have physical and mental affects including: body pain, loss of appetite, compromised immune response, confusion, disinterest and feeling isolated.
- Long-term grief can have consequences like poor self-care, resulting in medical problems.
- To move forward from grief, use professional resources like counselors, support groups and strengthen your personal support system.
- Signs someone may need help in coping with their grief include: isolation, inability to manage daily activities, guilt, feeling nothing but overwhelmed and depression (not sadness).
- Even professionals like Dr. Braverman must cope with grief. She does so by seeking the counsel of her colleagues and “holding on to what I have, while acknowledging what is gone.”