Grief is the natural emotional response to the loss of a loved one. It could also occur due to the loss of something important to you such as the loss of a pet, job, relationship or major life changes. The Grief Recovery Method® offers another definition: “grief is the conflicting feelings caused by the end of or change in a familiar pattern of behavior.”1 The change in the familar may be the unwanted loss of a loved one suffering from a terminal illness while the conflicting feelings could include both extreme sadness and relief.
While grief is an emotional response it can also manifest physical, cognitive and behavioral changes. Physical effects include crying, fatigue, difficulty sleeping, loss of appetite, headaches, aches and pains. The cognitive impacts involve forgetfulness, concentration problems, agitation, anxiety and emotional numbness.
During the past 19 years, our staff have helped those who are terminally ill as well as their caregivers and families dealings with grief. In our experience, the power of touch can help to lessen both the physical and emotional effects of grief. Therapies available for grief include massage, acupuncture, meditative classes and psychotherapy.