At some point in our lives we will all experience a loss. This can be the passing of a loved one or someone dear or it can be a break-up or perhaps an abandonment. Feelings of grief can have a profound effect on our quality of life. We can be frequently tearful, we can feel disconnected and we may experience symptoms that mimic depression. Grief can leave a person feeling sad, hopeless, isolated, irritable, and numb. While most symptoms of grief abate over time, there are occasions when grief will persist and require professional intervention. When feelings of sadness begin to interfere with your relationships or your job, you may benefit from consulting with a therapist. Remember to be patient. There is no right or wrong way to grieve and there is no set timeframe during which someone will move through their grief. Sometimes a person will move through stages of grief and then back again. Setbacks can be expected as feelings of sadness can be triggered by a memory or a familiar place. The hope is that over time, feelings of grief will lessen and eventually subside. Treatment can include exploring the significance of the loss and helping the client learn and integrate new coping skills.
Consider seeking professional support if feelings of grief do not ease over time.