Grief is a complex emotional experience that people go through when they lose someone or something they deeply care about. The experience of grief is unique to each person and can vary in intensity and duration depending on the individual and the nature of the loss. Here are some types of grief and the trauma linked to losing someone close:
- Normal Grief: Normal grief is the most common type of grief and is a natural response to loss. It is characterized by a range of emotions such as sadness, anger, disbelief, and confusion. Normal grief can last for weeks or months, but with time and support, most people are able to work through it and resume their daily activities.
- Complicated Grief: Complicated grief occurs when the symptoms of grief persist for an extended period and interfere with daily functioning. This type of grief is characterized by intense feelings of loss, despair, and yearning, as well as difficulty accepting the reality of the loss. Complicated grief can be triggered by a sudden, unexpected loss or the loss of someone with whom the person had a complicated or difficult relationship.
- Anticipatory Grief: Anticipatory grief is a type of grief that occurs before the actual loss. This type of grief can occur when a person knows that their loved one is terminally ill or has a life-limiting condition. Anticipatory grief can be as intense as grief after the loss, and may include a range of emotions such as sadness, anger, and anxiety.
- Collective Grief: Collective grief occurs when a community or society experiences a significant loss or tragedy. This type of grief can be triggered by events such as natural disasters, mass shootings, or terrorist attacks. Collective grief can be overwhelming and may lead to feelings of hopelessness, fear, and anger.
Trauma linked to losing someone close:
Losing someone close can be traumatic, especially if the death was sudden or unexpected. Trauma can manifest in a range of symptoms such as anxiety, depression, anger, guilt, and shock. Trauma can also affect a person’s ability to function in their daily life and may require professional intervention. Some common symptoms of trauma related to loss include:
- Intrusive Thoughts: Recurring thoughts, memories, or images of the loved one that cause distress.
- Avoidance: Avoiding people, places or things that remind the person of their loved one.
- Numbness: Feeling emotionally numb or detached from others.
- Hyperarousal: Being easily startled, feeling on edge, or having trouble sleeping.
- Guilt: Feeling guilty for things left unsaid or undone with the loved one.
- Depression: Persistent feelings of sadness, hopelessness, or emptiness.
If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, here are some ways in which Pranic Healing can help with grief and trauma:
- Releasing Negative Energy: Grief and trauma can create imbalances in the body’s energy fields, leading to negative emotions, physical discomfort, and disease. Pranic Healing techniques can help to release stagnant energy and negative emotions, allowing the body to restore its natural state of balance and harmony.
- Easing Emotional Pain: Pranic Healing can help to ease emotional pain by releasing energy blockages and promoting a sense of relaxation and calm. This can help individuals process their grief and trauma in a more productive and healthy way, reducing the risk of complications like depression and anxiety.
- Supporting the Healing Process: Pranic Healing can help to support the body’s natural healing processes by promoting the flow of vital energy and boosting the immune system. This can help to reduce the risk of complications like infections and other health problems that can arise during periods of intense emotional stress.
In summary, Pranic Healing can help with grief and trauma by releasing negative energy, easing emotional pain, supporting the healing process, and providing comfort and support. If you are experiencing grief or trauma, it is important to seek the support of a qualified Pranic Healing practitioner or other professional healthcare provider to develop a personalized treatment plan that meets your unique needs.
As you mentioned, everyone’s experience of grief and trauma is unique, and there is no right or wrong way to feel or react when dealing with such a loss. It’s normal to experience a range of emotions such as shock, denial, anger, guilt, and sadness. These emotions can come and go in waves, and it’s important to give yourself permission to feel whatever you’re feeling without judgment.
- Seek Support: It’s important to reach out to friends and family members for emotional support. You may also want to consider joining a support group for people who have lost a loved one or seeking the help of a therapist who specializes in grief and trauma.
- Take Care of Yourself: Self-care is crucial when dealing with grief and trauma. This may involve getting enough sleep, eating well, exercising, and engaging in activities that you enjoy.
- Allow Yourself to Grieve: Grieving is a natural process, and it’s important to allow yourself to feel and express your emotions. This may involve talking about your feelings with others, writing in a journal, or engaging in other creative outlets that help you process your emotions.
- Be Patient: Healing from grief and trauma takes time, and there is no set timeline for recovery. Be patient with yourself and give yourself permission to grieve at your own pace.
When coming for a Pranic Healing Treatment, ask yourself if you are ready to take the next step after losing someone, this doesn’t mean that you have forgotten them, this means you are ready to heal. I lost my eldest brother last year September, his sudden death left an indescribable pain in my heart. We all hear about stories of people getting a knock on the door by policeman or a phone call to say someone has passed. When you are the one that receives that phone call, it literally sends your body into shock and disbelief. This story was my families we lost our gem, someone I loved so dearly, someone I respected, someone that taught me how to be fierce and stand up for myself. This someone left us all alone, without saying goodbye.
My brother’s soul had departed from his body and his current human life had come to an end. However, I truly believe his soul remains alive, and this I believe to be the true essence of human existence. As I gained a better understanding of this, my attachment to the pain and suffering of his loss lessened. Instead, I welcomed and supported his next journey by sending him love, prayers, and healing. In the lead-up to his funeral, I decided to assist my family members in their healing, which in turn helped me with my own healing process. I recognise that coping with grief is a challenging and ongoing process, and failing to move forward with our lives can lead to further pain, stress, and anxiety. It’s important to live in the present moment and cherish the time we have with our loved ones, as life is limited for all of us. While losing someone can evoke feelings of sadness, anger, and resentment, it’s possible to find beauty in life and hold onto cherished memories. In my experience, losing someone doesn’t mean the end of our relationship with them; it simply marks the beginning of a new way to remember and honour them, as a part of them will always live within us. Don’t get me wrong, I do have moments where I feel upset when I talk about him, or I drive past certain places that trigger my emotions, it’s human nature to have these highs and lows. I keep him close to my heart and my prayers.