Grappling with the loss of a loved one is painful. For those who have lost loved ones to suicide, meeting others who share their loss can be comforting. At a September 2013 gathering near Chester, PA, suicide survivors came together to support each other. The Delaware County Survivors of Suicide group helps people to come to grips with their loved one’s death and take steps on the path toward healing.
Dealing with Grief
Grief can be a powerful emotion to cope with for those who have experienced some sort of loss. Losing a loved one is one cause of grief. Other causes of grief include job loss, divorce, miscarriage, or a decline in health. An individual who is dealing with grief may exhibit any number of the following symptoms:
- Shock. The initial reaction to loss may be a sense of unbelief. There may also be difficulty accepting what has happened.
- Sadness. The individual may feel empty and hopeless and may deal with emotional instability.
- Fear. Loss can lead to anxiety or worry about what else might happen in the future.
- Anger. This includes resentment and a tendency to blame oneself or others.
- Guilt. This manifests as feeling that they are somehow responsible for the events. They may also feel guilt over things they said or did, or even things they failed to do or say.
- Physical manifestations. This may include fatigue, weight loss or gain, insomnia, body pains, nausea, etc.
Getting Through the Struggles
For those who are struggling with grief or another mental health issue, help is available. To learn how professional counselors can help, speak to an admissions coordinator today and talk about your Chester loved one’s needs.