Grief and Health
Updated: May 10
Grief is often a challenging situation experienced by most (if not all) human beings as a consequence of various circumstances: losing a beloved pet… even losing a job or special object to which one was particularly emotionally attached.
According to an article published by various authors and specialists in this field through the help guide website:
‘’ Grief is a natural response to loss. It’s the emotional suffering you feel when something or someone you love is taken away. The more significant the loss, the more intense your grief will be. '’
Indeed, the ultimate grief is the manifestation of the inexplicable void when one is stricken by the loss of a loved one (especially the loss of most unconditional love undisputedly acknowledged on this earth: a parent, a son, a daughter, a dear family member, etc.)
The grieving process is one which, although dictated by the singularity of each individual, has many common stages which are generally experienced by most… And many of those stages tend to affect more or less one’s health.
As a matter of fact, because the body is connected to the mind of a human individual, one cannot consider only one part when assessing this ‘’variable’’ (health) which actually depends on a ‘’whole’’ formed by the coexistence of both parts (body and mind).
When the mind, spirit (and soul) are wounded by grief, a physical scar sometimes appears and materializes itself into the physical body…
Therefore, according to the same article cited above, symptoms of grief are often noticeable on a physical point of view:
‘’ We often think of grief as a strictly emotional process, but grief often involves physical problems, including: fatigue, nausea, lowered immunity, weight loss or weight gain, aches and pains, insomnia. '’
Although these physical symptoms of grief tend to reveal a health problem in the ‘’physical department’’, it is important to draw the majority of the attention on the cause (the grief), instead of the effect (physical symptoms). And to do so, a pill or any remedy suggested by traditional medicine might be temporarily fine… but not enough on the long run.
Finally, what if we could see grief (regardless of its ‘’side effects’’) as the opportunity for anyone to come to terms with what was, to surrender to life and what it brings next? It might probably not be the short-term remedy prescribed by a doctor for the nausea, but it might be the best bet for a long peaceful and healthy life down the road!