Danger Signs of Grief

The loss of a loved one can be devastating. If you or someone you know has suffered such a loss, you may want to read this checklist. While the grieving process must be honored and allowed to take the time it takes, these danger signs may indicate a need to seek professional help in order to move through grief. Read the list of danger signs here:

When people are unable to come out of denial and grief, they may exhibit some sort of self-destructive behavior. Be aware of the following danger signs. if these signs continue for a long period of rime, professional help is needed.

1. An individual may begin to entertain thoughts of suicide. This is common at first, but if a person persists with the actual means of how he or she wants to accomplish this, it is a red flag. Get preventative assistance.

2. A grieving person may need at first to take some medication, such as tranquilizers and mood elevators. Because a person could easily become dependent on such medication, he or she needs careful monitoring. Sometimes an individual may try to gloss over the pain and trauma he or she is experiencing. A medical professional should be seen on a regular basis. The quicker a person is off medication, the sooner the fog lifts, and the sooner the person will be able to cope with the loss and start the healing process.

3. If an individual stays completely detached from his or her normal activities and starts to obsess, or stays alone in a depressed state for long periods, itís time to seek a professional counselor who deals specifically with grief. A counselor can help to bring such a person back to reality.

Adapted from Talking to Heaven, by James Van Praagh (Signet, 1999).


Kelly Rogers4 years ago

Depression is a killer. Talk to a therapist to see if your friend needs help together. Since most people do not know how to handle a depressed person. If you do not know what to say fall back on the last four statements

Harshiita Sharma
Harshita Sharma4 years ago

Thank you for posting.

Danuta Watola
Danuta Watola4 years ago

Thanks for sharing

Brenda Towers
Brenda Towers4 years ago

I pray someone comes to the rescue for Bob.M. He is on dire need of help, Now.

Brenda Towers
Brenda Towers4 years ago

Thanks for the article.

Bonnie M.
Bonnie M.4 years ago

A good reminder about grieving. Grief can be a long and lonely road, there are many dark corners to pass through, there are memories that haunt, there is some guilt to deal with
and of course, life will never be the same. All a friend can do is to be close at hand, providing warmth of caring, share time with the one who grieves and someone to talk to.

Bob M.
Bob M.4 years ago

The thing about Alzheimer's care giving (with 14 other diseases, including COPD-my mom) is that people don't understand that you have already been grieving for a decade and under extreme stress at the same time and then the patient dies and the nursing home and the family and the lawyers leave you destitute, you can't get unemployment or disability or health care, nobody anywhere wants to help you with anything from re-entering the workplace you've been out of forever to getting rid of your dead mom's stuff-nothing, nobody will even say hello because you are a "downer", your teeth hurt, you've lost everything, you can't compete looking for work with people half your age and you are completely isolated from everyone and every thing and now sick on top of that and nobody to even call for help with a single thing now that you need it. it's pretty damn hopeless. what a country.

Carole R.
Carole R.4 years ago

Thanks for your post.

K s Goh
KS Goh4 years ago

Thanks for the article.

Janine Hofmann
Janine H.5 years ago

Thank you very much for this interesting article and the warmth of the words.
Some close persons had gone, too. And it let me fall into a deep darkness, deeper than it already was. Still i miss these people, and thinking about them hurts. Sometimes i think grief could also be possible because of living people, because they went away, let someone alone (very painful when it was so necessary to have them around, but they were not there), did not understand... as if being alone in this dark, cold, lonely "world"