Life is indeed precious. Death of a loved one can mean the end of the world for those left behind. Undoubtedly, it is one of life’s toughest journeys. Grieving is important, as it is a natural process of healing.
Bereavement is a word used to denote grief, pain and sadness following the loss of a loved one. Even though death is an inevitable part of life, the finality and irrevocability of death lends a lethal blow, making it ‘unacceptable’ for those left behind. It is truly one of life’s most stressful periods, with nothing to match the intensity of sorrow experienced during this time.
Bereavement is also a time of overwhelming and conflicting emotions. What may begin as shock and disbelief may give way to reflection, realization and acceptance as time passes by. Physical signs of bereavement may be portrayed as crying, expressing anger, loss of appetite, dip in energy levels and even sleeplessness. Psychological signs could be depression, feeling lost, being aloof or withdrawn, guilt and even anger.
Support from loved ones, caring, talking ones grief out and even seeking professional help are ways to cope with the bereavement.
"Bereavement is darkness impenetrable to the imagination of the unbereaved." -Iris Murdoch