What is Normal Grief?

Grief is a complex and deeply personal experience that can evoke a wide range of emotions.
By illume Editorial Team
Last updated: Jul 8, 2023
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Understanding what is considered “normal” during the grieving process is essential for healing. Painful emotions like feelings of anger after the loss of a loved one can often leave people feeling guilty.

In this article, we delve into the emotional landscape of grief, the importance of social support, the impact of the death of a loved one, navigating daily life, and recognizing signs of complicated grief. Discover actionable steps to navigate your grief journey, seek professional help when needed, and find solace and healing through the support of others.

The Emotional Landscape of Grief

Grief encompasses a spectrum of emotions, including feelings of sadness, anger, guilt, and loss. It’s important to acknowledge and allow yourself to experience these emotions as a natural part of the grieving process. 

Understanding that intense emotional pain is a normal response to loss can help you navigate your grief journey with greater compassion and self-acceptance.

The Importance of Social Support

Social support plays a vital role in the healing process. Seek comfort from family members, friends, or support groups who can provide understanding and empathy during this challenging time. Sharing your feelings and memories with others who have experienced a similar loss can offer solace and a sense of belonging. 

Consider reaching out to mental health professionals or joining support groups to gain additional guidance and support tailored to your specific needs.

Navigating Daily Life and Adjusting to Loss

The death of a loved one can disrupt daily life and routines. Recognize that grief doesn’t have a set timeline and that healing takes time. Allow yourself to adjust to a “new normal” by finding ways to honor the memory of your loved one while also taking care of yourself. 

Seek healthy coping mechanisms such as engaging in self-care activities, maintaining a routine, and expressing your feelings through writing or creative outlets.

Recognizing Signs of Complicated Grief

In some cases, grief can become complicated and may require professional intervention. Complicated grief may involve intense and prolonged emotional pain, difficulty performing daily activities, feelings of detachment, or the development of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). 

If you experience any of these signs or feel overwhelmed by your grief, seek the support of a mental health professional who specializes in grief counseling.

Conclusion

Understanding what is considered “normal” during the grieving process can provide guidance and reassurance during an emotionally challenging time. Remember that grief is a deeply personal experience, and there is no right or wrong way to grieve. 

Seek social support, allow yourself to experience a range of emotions, navigate daily life at your own pace, and recognize when professional help may be necessary. By honoring your unique grief journey and seeking support, you can find solace, healing, and a renewed sense of hope in the midst of loss.

Discover Grief Support with Grief Works by Illume

Seeking support during the grieving process is essential. Rest assured, the Grief Works app is here to assist you. It provides guidance to overcome grief, offers a caring community, monthly live calls with Julia Samuel, and the opportunity to chat with a therapist when needed. 

Additionally, the app includes a built-in journal for your daily reflections and follows the Grief Works Curriculum to help you navigate this healing journey.

Remember, healing from grief takes time, and finding the right support can make all the difference.