Grief and its Impact

Purslowe’s caring and experienced funeral directors realise that grief is a human response. It can be caused by any significant personal change and a loss, such as the death of a friend or loved one, can cause a type of grief which often seems very difficult to cope with.

The effects of grief can be overwhelming and you may find yourself struggling to find meaning and hope for life in the future. Grief may be experienced as a mental, physical, social, or emotional reaction.

Mental reactions can include:

  • shock and disbelief
  • sadness
  • guilt
  • anger
  • fear, and/or 
  • despair.

Physical reactions can include:

  • fatigue
  • nausea
  • lowered immunity
  • weight loss or weight gain
  • aches and pains, and/or 
  • insomnia.

Social reactions can include:

  • feeling isolated and alone
  • not wanting to see friends, and/or
  • can’t face the thought of returning to work.

Making sense of it all

Some experts try to say that there are set stages to the process of grief but in reality every person's reaction to loss is unique. As a result different people may experience, react and respond very differently when faced with a loss.

It is best not to put a time frame on the whole experience of grief. This creates unrealistic expectations and doesn’t allow for individual differences. You will need to deal with your grief and face any changes in your life in your own time. In the future, you will be able to look back to see the tiny steps you took that will become the foundation of hope and possibilities for the future.

To provide you with additional information Purslowe’s funeral directors have provided additional information on grief related topics. We hope these can help assist you with coping with grief in different situations.

  1. What is grief and what are its symptoms?
  2. How can I manage my grief?
  3. Is it normal to feel so many emotions at once? 
  4. How long can I expect grief to last? 
  5. Is it weak to show grief? 
  6. How do I cope with loss? 
  7. How do I cope with the loss of my spouse? 
  8. How do I cope with the loss of parent? 
  9. How do I cope with the loss of a child? 
  10. How do I cope with the loss of a work colleague? 
  11. How do I cope with a sudden death? 
  12. How do I cope with the loss of an infant? 
  13. Does every culture cope with loss the same way? 
  14. What do I say to a grieving friend? 
  15. Should I talk to my friends about my grief – I don’t want to burden them? 
  16. Why does someone want to commit suicide? 
  17. What do I say to a grieving child? 
  18. What are the warning signs that my teenager is having serious problems dealing with grief? 
  19. Are grief support groups helpful? How can I find one near me? 
  20. Are there more difficult days and times? 
  21. How important is a permanent memorial to coping with grief?