Easing the pain of bereavement and loss naturally
The loss of a loved can feel unbearably painful and shattering. The raw and deeply felt pain that accompanies loss and grieving is the price we pay for loving someone deeply.
Homeopathy is a natural and very helpful method of supporting and alleviating the emotional and physical pain associated with grief and bereavement. A well chosen homeopathic medicine can help ease the often constant companion of pain, as well as any sleep problems you may be experiencing. Homeopathy will help calm you mind and body, helping you feel more relaxed and able to get the rest you need.
Homeopathic medicines are natural, non-toxic, and free of side-effects. They are gentle and safe to take for anyone including children, pregnant and nursing women.
Acute and chronic grief
Acute grief and intensely felt chronic grief are experienced with similar symptoms.
Long standing grief (complicated grief) refers to a persistent form of bereavement that dominates a person’s life, interfering with daily functioning for an extended period of time. When symptoms are persisting without improvement, lasting for at least one year or more and interfering with one’s ability to return to routine activities, complicated grief may be implicated.
- Intense sadness
- Preoccupation with the deceased or with the circumstances surrounding the death
- Longing or yearning
- Feelings of emptiness or meaninglessness
- Difficulty engaging in happy memories
- Avoidance of reminders of the deceased
- Lack of desire in pursuing personal interests or plans
- Bitterness or anger
Homeopathic remedies for acute and long standing grief
When taking a homeopathic medicine to help with grief, it does not stop the grief, or interfere with the grieving process; instead it gently helps the mind and body process the grief, and restore the enormous energy that grief takes away from the immune system.
For the initial shock of hearing bad news. Witnessing a traumatic accident/catastrophe leading to shock and panic. Tremendous anxiety and visibly distressed; can say that they feel like their dying, feel restless and extremely fearful. They can later suffer from panic attacks if the acute shock isn’t dealt with.
There is perhaps no homeopathic remedy more often indicated in a case of acute, recent and long standing grief than Ignatia. Ignatia is the first remedy to consider in the case of emotional shock, whether it be from the loss of a loved one, the breakup of a friendship or romantic relationship, the loss of a job, financial loss, or any sort of disappointment or trauma. The person needing Ignatia may fluctuate between sobbing hysterically, to bottling up emotions. There is often involuntarily sighing. They can have mood swings changing at the flick of a switch, from joking and laughing, to crying and deep sadness. A person needing Ignatia often complains about a lump sensation in the throat. Headaches with pain as if a nail were driven into the head.
Natrum mur. is also a frequently indicated remedy for grief. Those needing this remedy are often quite melancholy and cry often. Natrum muriaticum patients generally avoid consolation of any kind. They tend to bottle everything up inside, often unable to cry. If or when they cry, they prefer to cry and grieve in private, and don’t like consolation. Any attempt by others to comfort them are often rejected with anger or embarrassment.The less typical response is that they will cry freely in front of others, but still reject consolation when it is offered. People needing this remedy often feel worse from 10-11:00 am, and have great aversion/feel worse with exposure to heat of the sun. They often have a strong craving for salty food.
This homeopathic remedy is called for less frequently in grief, but still has it’s place. People needing this remedy tend to suffer chronic effects of grief and generally feel and look very tired and gray. The patient often feels very drowsy and extremely exhausted. They may feel profoundly indifferent to anything around them, including taking care of daily activities and interest in their close family members, including their children. They often crave juicy and refreshing things, especially fruit.
Think of this homeopathic remedy in cases where the patient is inclined to silent grief with much weeping. The person needing this remedy is typically mild, gentle, clingy and yielding. They cry very easily and love to be comforted. They can’t talk about their problems without weeping. Unlike Natrum muriaticum patients, Pulsatilla patients like to be consoled. In general, a Pulsatilla patient tends to be warm blooded, dislikes warm rooms, feeling better in cool open air, and has physical symptoms that seem to shift about. They are generally thirstless.
Take one pellet/pill of the best matching remedy every 15-30 minutes (15-30 minutes for intense symptoms, 4 hours for milder). Once improvement is noticed, stop dosing and repeat the remedy only if symptoms return. If there is no improvement at all after 3-4 doses, choose a different remedy, or seek professional guidance.
If you are experiencing acute or chronic grief and need help finding the right remedy, please don’s hesitate to schedule a free 15 minute discovery consultation, or make a full appointment. I work online via Skype or VSee.