The Physical Symptoms of Grief and How to Handle Them

By: Louis Bruno
Tuesday, August 14, 2018

There isn’t any one particular way in which grief manifests itself and many people experience it in different ways. The simple fact is that grief and sorrow are something that are very difficult to understand until you are compelled to live with it. But many people do become stressed when dealing with the death of a loved one, not many are aware that grief can also manifest itself in the form of physical symptoms. It takes them quite some time to realize, that the physical problems they’re facing are correlated to the loss they've expirienced.

Different Physical Symptoms Of Grief

Since every person is different, the grief they experience and the manner in which it surfaces as physical symptoms is different as well. However some of the common symptoms include:

  • Headaches
  • Fatigue
  • Aches and pains
  • Shortness of breath
  • Tightness in the chest
  • Forgetfulness
  • Inability to focus
  • Digestive issues
  • Appetite changes
  • Getting sick more often
  • Sleeplessness

How to Deal with the Symptoms of Grief

When it comes to handling these issues, every person would have to try something a little different, that would work for them specifically. For instance, if you are suffering from a headache, lack of focus or excessive fatigue, it would be a good idea to allocate some time during the day where you completely relax and do nothing at all. If you are suffering from aches and pains, you can take mild painkillers or get a prescription from your doctor. 

Alternatively, you can try soaking in a warm bath to dispel the pains and aches from your body. Eating healthy, getting sufficient sleep, and trying to build your immunity with proper nutrition and exercise are some of the best ways to get rid of the physical symptoms of grief. If you have any questions about grieving the loss of a loved one, our caring staff at Charles J. O'Shea Funeral Homes can provide you with resources on how to cope. Contact us via our online form or call us at one of our 3 locations. 

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