After the death of a loved one, mourning at and after a funeral is expected and encouraged as a part of the healing process. Because no two people are alike, the grieving process can last months or even years. When the pain is prolonged, some may wonder if the person is still mourning or experiencing grief, trauma, or depression. Here is helpful information on deciphering which emotional stage applies.
How People Mourn Death
The unexpected loss of a child, relative, or friend and their funeral can be traumatic. Shock typically follows scenarios such as murder, suicide, or a car accident. Those left behind may reel from trauma for extended periods of time. After all, they never saw the loss coming. The shock may block grieving. Trauma can be compounded if the affected loved ones were already grappling with psychological issues. People dealing with trauma may be devoid of any emotions or avoid activities or places that remind them of the loss. Sleep patterns are typically affected as the mourner continuously replays the trauma in their mind. There is also difficulty with concentrating or letting their guard down.
Feelings of grief vary with how people deal with loss and funerals. Some people may feel heightened levels of anxiety while others are despondent. A feeling of emptiness is also a common emotion associated with grief. All of these reactions are normal. People in the midst of the grieving process will typically cry, experience spontaneous moments of silent reflection, or retreat from their usual routine. These are all normal grief reactions. With time, especially if they grieve at their own personal pace, grieving generally gives way to recovery.
There are times when a person in mourning will remain in that state long after the funeral has ended. They may be in the midst of depression and not even realize it. One of the signs of a depressive disorder is when a person's emotional state has completely disrupted their daily life. Some other red flags to watch out for include a history of family depression, lack of a support network, and previous drug or alcohol abuse. Depression can also be triggered in people who are experiencing the death of a loved one for the first time.
Recognizing the signs of grief, trauma, and depression can help those mourning get the personalized help needed. The funeral services team at Fred D. Knapp & Son Funeral Home in Greenwich, CT, have the compassion, experience, and patience to help families heal and transition after a loved one passes. To learn more about the funeral home's resources and services, call (203) 869-0315, and a representative will gladly answer your questions. Visit the website for extensive details about the services available.