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The intensity and nature of emotions felt after the death of a loved friend or relative will depend upon the personality of the bereaved and the relationship he or she had with the deceased.

What to look for
While reaction to the loss is an individual one, there are recognized stages of bereavement. In the first, which may last from three days to three months, numbness and inability to accept the death are sometimes accompanied by hallucinations of seeing the deceased. Following this the bereaved person will suffer depression, often accompanied by anxiety, anger and despair. Generally, it takes about two years for the bereaved to regain emotional equilibrium. There can be physical symptoms accompanying each stage, including digestive problems, nausea, insomnia, overwhelming fatigue and apathy, muscular aches and pains, and also headaches.

Most bereavement is caused by a death, although other circumstances such as losing one's home, job, reputation, a marriage or long-term relationship can initiate symptoms which are consistent with bereavement, although to varying degrees.

When to seek further professional advice
If you are suffering from severe bereavement you should consult a professional for advice.

Alternative Treatment

Naturopathy: Treatment will involve supportive nutrition, relaxation, applied nutrition and herbal support for resilience of the nervous system.
Aromatherapy: For sadness and depression, rose, geranium and bergamot are uplifting oils. Rose is a very warm, all embracing oil which can be mixed in equal parts with rose geranium and rosewood for the sake of economy.
Other therapies include: Bach flower remedies, Arts therapies, Alexander Technique, Homeopathy, Hellerwork, Shiatsu, Yoga, Acupressure, Massage, Chinese and Western Herbalism, Auricular therapy and Autogenic Training.

Traditional Treatment

Treatment depends on the nature and severity of the condition. If grief, depression, anger and shock are extreme, medical intervention may be necessary, including sedatives and antidepressants. Some of the physical symptoms may be addressed separately.

The information contained in this Site/Service is not intended nor is it implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice or taken for medical diagnosis or treatment.

Author - Body and Mind

Published - 2013-01-18