Living With Shock After the Death of a Loved One

Living With Shock After the Death of a Loved One

The death of a loved one is not something we ever wake up and prepare ourselves for. Why would we? Expecting the worst on a day-to-day basis is nothing short of madness and when the news does hit us, we cycle through the many stages of grief as is expected. However, the shock stage of grief is what we will be talking about in this article.
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What Does Shock Feel Like?

Shock is common after the loss of a loved one. Shock symptoms can include both a bodily and emotional response in the same person. It’s possible that you’ll experience dizziness, nausea, confusion, numbness, or even exhaustion. Feeling stunned may cause you to doubt the veracity of what you’re hearing.

The word “shock” can also refer to the feeling of having no reaction at all to the news of losing loved ones. To expect to experience a range of emotions on a regular basis is natural. Everyone’s shock is unique and can endure for a few days or weeks.

When learning of the loss of a loved one, some people may react strangely out of shock. It’s possible that some people are laughing so hard they are crying. When people do this, it’s usually due to astonishment, not because they think the situation is amusing.

You may become emotionally numb as a way of dealing with the news of a loss. The event may appear surreal if you are experiencing this sensation of being in a dream. This can make it difficult to shed a tear or feel any sadness.

You may begin to grieve as the shock and numbness subside. People grieve for a variety of reasons, many of which are unique to the individual. Understanding your own and other people’s reactions to the loss will be easier if you have this information. A different response does not necessarily imply a lack of concern on the part of the other party.

Can you die from grief? According to new research, a person’s grief might produce inflammation that can lead to death. Inflammation brought on by grief can be lethal. So yes, you can die from grief when you lose a loved one.

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Dealing With Shock Symptoms

There is no fixed answer to the question of “How long does shock last?”. The bereaved may be unable to cry for days or even weeks during this time. Many people are unable to hold back the tears. Both are normal reactions to the pain of loss. When a sudden death occurs, the shock can be even greater than normal. But now that we know what happens when you go into shock, let’s look into ways of conquering it.

Shock death reactions serve as a coping technique to get through these times. Some people choose to get busy with preparations for things to come. Others might get overwhelmed and freeze.

Though there’s no right way, it’s best to become involved as much as you can, because you might regret it later on if you do not. Decide on poems, songs, and flowers that your loved one would have enjoyed. You’ll be glad you did, and realizing that you’re coping will be a comfort.

It is when you’re touched by death that you most need to feel alive. You need to feel love and togetherness, and you need to come together with friends and family to deal with the shock of emotional trauma. It is in togetherness that your strength truly lies.

If you find it overwhelming, however, then there are other ways. Death shock causes disarray because it throws everything out of order. A fixed member of our lives is gone, and things aren’t the same. To feel in control again, you have to start with the small things–make your bed, eat regularly, bathe. You have to take it a step at a time until you’re back on your feet.

You could also try grief counseling to counter the symptoms of shock after the death of a loved one. That is something we can provide you, and you should feel no shame at all in asking for it. Call us today at All American Hospice to get the best help you need.

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