What is the Stress of Grief Doing to Me?


We know that grief is a stressor for those struggling after the death of a significant person in their lives.  Dealing with the stresses of loss and grief can wear us down-physically, mentally, emotionally, spiritually and socially.  But what is stress and how serious can it be for the mourner?

Stress is a person’s physical and emotional response to change. Stress allows us to respond and adapt to our environment.  The time taken to adapt to the change determines whether the stress is:

  • Acute stress – calls for an immediate reaction to change that is judge to be threatening (stressor). Adjusting to the change takes only a short time.
  • Chronic stress – results from changes that are not addressed.       This lack of action leaves the body in a state of heightened awareness or tension.

If all stressors were acute, then stress would not be such a critical…

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About Sue Rosenbloom, CT, MA

Thanatologist: Loss, Trauma, Crisis, Death, and Grief Educator - My blog is for educational purposes only. I am not a licensed professional counselor - Bachelor of Arts in Human Studies - Marylhurst University (2007) Certificate in Thanatology - Hood College (2008) Master of Arts in Thanatology - Hood College (2009) Certificate in Thanatology - The-Association for Death Education and Counseling (The highest level of loss and grief education). * Hospice, Alzheimer's and Senior's Advocate * Former first responder for Trauma Intervention Program, Inc. (TIP) * Former Hospice and Bereavement Volunteer for Providence Hospice Bereavement Program * Association for Death Education and Counseling Member * National Alliance for Bereavement of Children * Hood College Thanatology Association * American Group Psychotherapy Association * Hospice, Loss, Grief and Bereavement Researcher
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