Suffering From Grief or Loss?

The stress caused by grief affects people both mentally and physically; if an individual is having an especially difficult time dealing with their grief they may become depressed and/or physically ill or be suicidal, depending on how they feel about life situations. By paying attention to warning signs and talking about the “unthinkable”, you may be able to prevent a death.

Feelings One Might Experience While Adjusting To Their Loss Are:
? shock, numbness, bewilderment, a sense of disbelief and possible denial
? feelings of emptiness and intense suffering
? dreams and/or hallucinations that their loved one is still alive
? feelings of despair as one comes to terms with the loss
? feelings of sadness and the inability to feel pleasure
? tense, restless anxiety may alternate with lethargy and fatigue
? individuals may alternate between avoiding reminders of the deceased and reclaiming memories
? sadness can be mixed with anger
? self blame for treating the deceased badly

Physical symptoms of grief can include weakness, sleep disturbances, loss of appetite, headaches, back pain, indigestion, shortness of breath, heart palpitations and even occasional dizziness and nausea.

One form of natural cure for grief is energy healing. The essence of energy healing is understanding that we are all vibration fields of energy. The faster energies seem more associated with positive states if mind. So if a healer intervenes and raises our energy level we will probably notice that we feel mentally clearer and happier. What happens in the mind tends to be reflected in the body and so usually physical health improves as well.

There are many forms of energy healing. One of the ancient forms of vibrational medicine is the practice of laying on of hands. This is usually accompanied by prayer. Not all forms of energy healing require touch. Reiki, for example, is a form of healing that is practiced without touch but in the person’s energy field. There are also many examples where people have experienced distant healing, one person sending healing vibrations across space to another.

Massage May Aid in Grieving Process

By , About.com GuideApril 12, 2010.

New research shows that massage may offer comfort to those dealing with the loss of a loved one. In a study of 18 people who had lost a relative to cancer, scientists found that eight weeks of massage therapy helped provide participants with a “commendable source of consolation support during the grieving process.”

Ranging from 34 to 78 years of age, study members included widows, widowers, daughters, and sisters. Nine participants opted for foot massage, eight selected hand massage, and one requested both types of massage. Each individual received a 25-minute massage session weekly; the featured modality was the gentle-yet-firm soft-tissue massage.

Massage appeared to “diminish the feelings of empty space and loneliness that people felt,” notes lead author Berit S. Cronfalk. “Study participants also told us that the massages helped them to balance the need to grieve and the need to adapt to life after the loss of their relative,” Cronfalk adds.

In previously published studies, massage therapy has been found to lessen anxiety, as well as ease symptoms of depression.