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).