Losing a loved one is never easy, and the grieving process often takes a toll on your physical and emotional well-being. While some people find closure after the memorial service and burial, it’s common to continue feeling the side effects of grief for some time. The following guide outlines some of the problems people experience when coping with the loss of a close friend or family member.
Inability to Sleep
Many people report difficulty sleeping while they are grieving, both in the days leading up to the graveside service and after. In some cases, this disruption in sleeping patterns is due to a fear of the unknown; for others, the sense of loss is overwhelming. No matter the cause, sleep deprivation is stressful for the body and mind. Not only will fatigue make you more susceptible to illness, but it will also make keeping up with daily tasks harder than usual.
Feelings of Isolation
Although traditional funeral services are a time for friends and family to gather and mourn their loss, it’s common for people to withdraw and feel isolated during and after the event. Some people believe that being alone will help them process their feelings, but reaching out to others for support offers greater benefits. It’s normal to need someone to confide in and provide reassurance that you will be okay.
Panic or Nervousness
If your loved one’s passing was unexpected, you might go through a period of feeling nervous or panicky about the events beyond your control. This fear often manifests as stress whenever someone leaves your sight, and you worry they won’t come back. These feelings are often at their strongest after the memorial service because that’s when the reality of the situation sets in, especially after losing someone you shared a home with. It’s important to speak with a trusted friend, relative, counselor, or spiritual advisor to help you work through your grief.
When you lose a loved one, planning a meaningful memorial service can help you process your grief and begin moving forward with your life. Clancy-Palumbo Funeral Home in East Haven, CT, has been helping clients commemorate the lives of departed friends and relatives for over 65 years. In addition to planning traditional burial services and cremations, they also provide valuable resources for people in mourning. If you need help managing your grief, visit the funeral home online or call (203) 467-2789.