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Losing someone or something important can often cause an emotional reaction - but for some, feelings of grief can be particularly intense.
There are five recognisable stages of grief:
Grieving people may go through some or all of these stages, but may not necessarily do so in the order listed above. Everyone deals with grief in their own personal way.
Grieving for someone or something you’ve lost is a natural process and there’s no quick fix for getting over it.
Grief can often be accompanied by symptoms such as:
It’s important to give yourself the time and space you need to get to grips with your feelings and come to terms with your loss.
While it’s usual to feel overwhelmed by grief in the immediate aftermath of a loss, if you don’t think you’re getting any better, arrange an appointment with one of our GPs today.
Because grief is such a natural process, some people don't even consider the possibility of getting help.
However, our doctors are here to listen to your worries and suggest the best treatment options for you.Make an appointmentAvailable
Grieving properly takes time, but there are a number of ways to help the process along.
If you’re struggling with feelings of grief, one of the best things you can do is talk about your feelings, be it with a friend, family member, or a GP.
Our GPs can provide advice about support services, refer you to a counsellor and, if needed, prescribe medication.
You should steer clear of trying to numb the pain or ‘self-medicating’ with alcohol or drugs and try and maintain a routine.
Being under intense emotional strain can make you very tired, so it’s important to ensure you’re getting enough sleep.
Similarly, maintaining a healthy diet will enable you to cope better with your emotions and prevent comfort eating.
The loss of anything that's important to you can trigger grief. There's no right or wrong response to traumatic events in your life.
Events that can cause grief include: