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TheEffects of Grieving Someone’s Death


Theessay seeks to explore the various effects that grieving someone’sdeath has on the bereaved. Death is a certain component of humanlife. Now and then, people are bound to get bereaved following thedeath of someone close to them. When this occurs, the people leftbehind by the deceased, mostly their family and friends willultimately experience various effects as they grieve and mourn hisdeath. Grieving has both emotional and physical effects that manifestin different ways depending on the individual. The most commonphysical effects of grieving include loss of energy, sleepingdisorders, and digestive problems. Other physical signs of anxietysuch as headaches and breathing problems are also a commonoccurrence. On the other hand, emotional effects include sadness,anger and numbness especially after receiving the sad news of thedeath of a loved one. Others include challenges performing mentaltasks, relief, guilt and fear. Even though some of these effects mayappear to be bizarre or unnatural, they are perfectly normal. Evenwhen people exhibit such, there should be no reason to worry unlessit becomes extreme. These effects of grieving vary in when they setin and when the person gets over them. Some of them take hours ordays to get over while others can take up to years to heal.Understanding the effects of grieving are important in helpingindividuals cope with the situation when it happens to them. Apartfrom helping themselves, knowledge of the same will put people in abetter position to understand how to comfort their friends orrelatives who may be going through such situations.

Everyone has their unique way of grieving following the loss of afamily member, friend or public figure that they relate closely with.Many effects and symptoms of grief manifest themselves when one iscoping with grief. Grieving has both physical and emotional effectson those going through the tough time after losing someone theytreasure. These effects display themselves as symptoms that areexhibited by people in different ways. No matter how bizarre or scarythey may be, all symptoms of grief are normal and should not be areason to worry unless they become too extreme (Videbeck, 2006). Thisessay seeks to explore the various effects of grieving from someone’sdeath.

As mentioned, grieving takes its toll on people in different ways andmeasures. Some people have an easier time grieving than others. Theloss of a close person can easily turn an individual’s normal worldinto an unusual experience that takes much time and effort tomitigate. People have a hard time doing routine activities andperforming simple day to day tasks proves difficult. Understandinghow grief affects individual when they lose someone close is a keycomponent of enabling people deal with it. Since death isunavoidable, understanding how it affects those who are left behindis a good way to offer comfort and relate to their situation.

Physical Effects of Grieving

Loss of energy is one of the most common physical effects of grievingsomeone’s death. The affected person is in most cases likely toexperience exhaustion, general body pains and muscle frailness. Thiseffect is linked to all the effects of grieving that an individualmay experience (Harvey, 2013). All the effects and symptoms relatedto grieving take up a great deal of energy, leaving the personexhausted. Fatigue is a common experience that comes with lack ofenergy, but this effect slowly fades away with time since it isself-limiting and time-bound.

Another common effect of grieving is the change in an individual’ssleeping habits. Lack of sleep, oversleeping and disturbing dreams iscommon experiences as far as sleep and grieving are concerned. Manypeople have a difficult time sleeping, and when they sleep,disturbing dreams, especially about the deceased, are a commonoccurrence. To deal with this effect, many people take sleeping pillsto fall asleep. However, this habit is not encouraged since it doesnot provide them with the quality and quantity of sleep that they mayneed as they go through the difficult time of grieving (Parkes &ampPrigerson, 2013).

Digestive upsets are the other physical effect of grieving. In morecases than not, a person is likely to experience loss of appetite,stomach upsets and nausea. In few cases, overeating is also observedin some individuals. Indigestion, gradual shifts in weight are alsocommon effects related to the digestive system. Lastly, anxiety isalso a very common effect of grieving. The anxiety displays itselfthrough various physical signs that include but are not limited toheadaches, chest pains, breathing problems. These are the mostcommonly experienced physical effects of grieving someone’s death.

Emotional Effects of Grieving

Apart from the physical effects elaborated earlier, grievingsomeone’s death also has various emotional effects that manifest inthe bereaved individuals. As expected, sadness is the emotionaleffect that tops this list. The bereaved will feel overwhelmed withfeelings of sadness as they got familiar with the gap left by theloved one they are mourning. Crying and screaming are some of thecommon ways through which this sadness is let out. Closely related tothe sadness is another emotional effect of grieving, namely anger.One is usually angry since they feel like the loss of the person theyare grieving is an injustice done to them (Brownley, 2012).

Another common emotional effect of grieving is numbness, especiallyafter one receives the news of the death of a love done. The firstemotional effect that most grieving people experience is someduration of shock, disbelief and numbness. Most have a difficult timeaccepting that fact that a loved one has died. When this shock wearsoff, the other effects of grief trickle in. McCormack (2005) arguesthat the emotional effects of grieving tend to have a direct impacton the mental performance of the grieving people. Many have problemsin concentrating, completing duties and making decisions. Some mayalso have challenges communicating with other and are easilyirritable.

Worry and anxiety are also universal emotional effects of grieving.The bereaved people may feel helpless and worried about the future,especially if the individual who has died played a key role in theirlife, for example, a parent or guardian. Worry and grief aside,relief and guilt are also experienced by many grieving people. Thetwo emotions are intertwined and closely related. In many occasions,relief is seen to give rise to guilt. For instance, if the deceaseddied after a long period of illness, the bereaved may feel relief.However, this feeling of relief is followed by guilt and questions onwhat one could have done to prevent the death. These, in a nutshell,are some of the major emotional effects of grieving someone’sdeath.


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