Some people, however, find that they have trouble returning to a state of normalcy after experiencing loss, and their feelings of sorrow persist for a prolonged period of time. Those individuals who struggle with resuming their lives due to anguish from losing someone dear are suffering from complicated grief, an insistent form of intense sorrow and grief that lasts an abnormal amount of time. People with complicated grief often have dysfunctional thoughts and behaviors and an inordinate level of sadness regarding the deceased. Signs of complicated grief include feelings of hopelessness, irrational thoughts about the deceased person returning, suicidal thoughts and actions, and an inability to function regularly due to overwhelming sadness. This grief influences the griever’s daily life by hindering them from completing everyday activities, interacting with others, and moving past feelings of guilt and depression.
Grief of any kind can really take a toll on an individual's’ mental and physical health, so it is important that you learn positive ways to cope with grief. Here are some healthy ways to navigate sadness if you have lost a loved one recently: