Grief is a natural reaction to loss, and we must understand the symptoms and other regular orders to recover from a loss. When bereaved, it is necessary to seek mental health services (“What are the different types of losses and grief reactions?” 2010). Grief is always unwelcome because it causes physical symptoms such as wearing, hunger, insomnia, lack of focus, sadness, and anxiety, among other psychological reactions. In most cases, it is a more complicated and overwhelming experience.
Among the notable psychological responses to grief are anger, anxiety, and guilt (Fink, 2011). Individuals can withdraw, become socially isolated, and become unable to function. Grieving people may struggle to function well at work and in their social responsibilities. They appear to feel emptiness, as if they are disconnected from the Almighty God, and they tend to doubt religion and its convictions. Grieving people should know that they are never alone and that resources are available to help them (“What are the different types of losses and grief reactions?” 2010). Synagogues, churches, and healthcare facilities are among them.
Anticipatory grief is one of the five significant types of grief; it occurs when one mourns the loss of someone before the actual loss occurs. It occurs when death is unavoidable, and there is a certainty that one will die due to illness. Another type of grief is instrumental grief, which is felt in response to a practical challenge caused by a loss. When a spouse dies, financial and childcare issues will arise on the surviving partner’s side (Fink, 2011). Disenfranchised grief is another type of grief that occurs when someone suffers a loss. However, he cannot clearly and openly mourn the loss due to society’s unacceptable nature.
A pet or a family member who has been excommunicated are two examples. Delayed grief is another type that occurs years or months after the loss rather than immediately. The fifth type of grief is ambiguous grief, which occurs when a person experiences an ambiguous loss. One does not know whether he is alive or dead. It usually happens to people who have not seen their loved ones’ bodies.
Cultural beliefs and cultural settings, as well as their variations, play an essential role in how people react to, understand, and cope with death (Hake, 2019). There are numerous differences depending on the concept of death, religion, culture, and the practical circumstances surrounding death. Some cultures believe that when a person dies, he should be burned. Others believe that the deceased’s body should not be touched until his family members are present to perform rituals. When it comes to how people react to death, age plays a significant role.
Children are always perplexed, whereas adults are usually depressed and mourning (Hake, 2019). The elderly or older people tend to accept and be content with the outcomes of their long and prosperous lives. In the American context, every life is valuable, and no one is valued more than the other, even though the elderly are wiser than the children. When a family member dies, people grieve in different ways (Hake, 2019). Some cultures accept a child or premature death as a means of entering paradise. There is also a belief in reincarnation, and these various beliefs assist people in coping with grief and mourning when they lose someone.
Fink, E. (2011). ‘Griefing’ and normative order in second life: the virtual construction of legality 21st Journal of Law, Information, and Science (1). https://doi.org/10.5778/jlis.2011.21.fink.1
R. K. Hake (2019). The Grieving Process and Delinquency: A Trial of Grieving Therapy with Delinquent Male Adolescents https://doi.org/10.31274/rtd-180813-12729
What are the various kinds of losses and grief reactions? (2010). When Children Are Grieving: Addressing Grief and Loss in the Classroom, 9-21. https://doi.org/10.4135/9781483350363.n2 Healthcare providers can obtain MAT Waiver Training by attending this 8-hour course.