Grief is universal and unavoidable. “Avoiding, ignoring, or denying yourself the ability to express your grief may help you dissociate from the pain of the loss you’re going through. But holding it in won’t make it disappear. And you can’t avoid grief forever. Over time, unresolved grief can turn into physical or emotional manifestations that affect your health. In order to heal from a loss, you have to address it.”
Here’s a link to an online article on Healthline about the stages of grief. Most people are naturally able to integrate life’s losses with the support of family and friends, spirituality, self-care and reflection. Studies have found 7-10% of people may develop persistent, complicated grief that will lead to serious problems. If you’re having trouble processing grief, speak with your primary care physician and consider seeking out counseling to help you gain insight and strength from life’s challenges.
By Ana Santoyo, MSS, LCSW, CCTP, Behavioral Health Manager, Phoenixville Free Clinic