Have you ever felt sad, lonely, alone, even in company of other people? We have all experienced loss and grief at some point in our lives, but not all grief and loss is the same. Some of us may have experienced traumatic grief. Traumatic grief influences the way we see things around us and how we relate to other people.
Traumatic grief may be caused by a violent death, a death of someone with whom you have a close relationship, or a grief reaction from someone pre-disposed to previous trauma. Traumatic grief is outside the usual realm of loss experience. It is a severe form of bereavement that interferes with everyday life and accompanied by PTSD and depressive symptoms including suicidal ideation. Traumatic grief is considered a risk factor for long term mental and physical impairments, as well as maladaptive attachments.
Therapy is crucial to help in healing. You don’t have to do this alone, there is help available for those who have experienced trauma.