Everyone grieves in their own unique way. The process of grieving is often long and painful for all who knew the child. This can include parents, siblings, relatives, friends, peers, teachers, nurses, or neighbors.
What are the physical and emotional signs and symptoms of grief?
The emotional and physical expressions of grief are often the most obvious part of mourning. Everyone expresses their emotions in different ways, however there are some common characteristics that occur when one is experiencing a loss.
Sadness and anger are common emotions when dealing with death. Sadness is most often expressed through crying. Anger can be expressed physically or verbally. Sometimes a person’s expression of anger is misdirected which can cause conflicts with family members and spouses.
It is also normal for people to feel left behind and lonely when someone close dies. If these thoughts and feelings overcome all other emotions immediate intervention is needed.
These strong emotional and physical symptoms of grief may not occur for all people who experience a loss. These symptoms may last as short as a week after the death or may last months or years.