The shock of loss

Preview to the topic:

This topic has come about because of how we have been feeling lately.

Sadly, and unfortunately, we have been hearing about the loss of life fairly frequently. Too frequent.

This has been the loss of family members, and of close family friends.

Please see The Shock of Loss which covers:

  1. Introduction
  2. Illustrative examples: The Shock of Loss
  3. The Shock of Loss
  4. The shock of a sudden or unexpected loss
  5. Our Final Thoughts/YouTube Video

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1. Introduction

This topic has come about because of how we have been feeling lately.

Sadly, and unfortunately, we have been hearing about the loss of life fairly frequently. Too frequent.

This has been the loss of family members, and of close family friends.

It’s so sad, in these times we:

  • Think of the person who has passed away
  • Think of their family and how they are dealing with it
  • Think of life living through a pandemic and how that will impact their loss
  • Think of their sadness and pain

It got us thinking of the initial feeling when you are given such news.

Shock has been the main first reaction. You are being told the news, but you cannot believe the news you are being told. But at the same time, you have to hear and acknowledge the news so that you can respond in the best way possible.

We recently got some sad news of a very close family friend who has passed away. The news knocked me up, down, sideways all around. It left me feeling all types of ways, I was not able to focus or function on the list of things I was supposed to do.

I needed to find a way to try and deal with what I had heard. In moments when I’m feeling anxious, down or stressed out, I search for quotes on the internet that relate to how I’m feeling but can uplift my mood. Once I find an appropriate quote, I post it on my social media platforms. This is one of my ways of releasing the feelings and emotions I am going through.

Posting the quote helped to some extent, but this news hit me deeply and so it wasn’t enough. Something else I always used to do if I were feeling down or low or having a bad day would be to write in my diary.

This is why I started writing and this topic has been created.

Please see The Shock of Loss:

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2. Illustrative examples: The Shock of Loss

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3. The Shock of Loss

3.1 What is Shock? Shock Symptoms after a Bereavement

Shock feels like a numbness, a fog, a disbelief. · While it is usual to feel shock after any death it can be particularly great for a sudden death, one involving violence”…

3.2 Can you go into shock from grief?

“When fully immersed in the grieving process, you then may feel flooded with tears and emotions. … Recognize that shock is a natural part of grief that may occur many times before the actuality of the loss sinks in. Even though it feels off-balance, it is part of the process of dealing with painful experiences”.

3.3 How do you deal with shocking death?

“We’re not prepared for it and all at once we’re dealing not only with death and all the grief that accompanies it, but also the shock of unforeseen loss”.

  1. “Seek help”. ….
  2. “Embrace the grieving process”. …
  3. “Expect delayed reactions”. …
  4. Handle practical matters”. …
  5. “Take care of yourself”. …
  6. “Revenge ideation might happen”. More items… (20 Jun 2013)

3.4 How long does shock last after death?

“This is normal and over time you are likely to start to feel different emotions. Shock is different for everyone and may last for a couple of days or weeks. Shock may cause some people to react in an unusual way when they first hear the news of a death. It may be that some people laugh hysterically”.

3.5 Is watching someone die traumatic?

“Yes, watching someone die can cause PTSD. PTSD, or post traumatic stress disorder, can develop after vicarious trauma. With vicarious trauma, you can experience and feel the trauma and painful experiences by just watching someone else go through it. … As studies illustrate, watching someone die can cause PTSD”. (31 Jan 2015).

3.6 Can you get PTSD from someone dying?

“Risk factors can predict PTSD following the death of a loved one. Certain risk factors can strongly predict the risk of a person developing post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) after the unexpected death of a loved one, suggests a new study in Depression and Anxiety”. (15 Dec 2016).

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4. Shock of a sudden or unexpected loss

4.1 Death Shock: How to Recover When a Loved One Dies…

“(2 Mar 2020) — Processing death: The five stages of grief · 1. Denial: You experience shock and disbelief, frequently accompanied by numbness, detachment, or” …

4.2 Sudden Loss Grief: The Shock, The Trauma, The Ways to Cope With an Unexpected Death

“Panic, shock, and anger are common reactions to losing someone to a natural disaster. Similar to a homicide, the bereaved may feel helpless and powerless. In​”…

4.3 Grief following sudden or unexpected death

“Most people have feelings of shock and confusion as the result of the death of someone close to them, but these feelings can be intensified due to the suddenness of the death. … where the bereaved person was not present when a loved one dies suddenly or unexpectedly, a significant emotional challenge is a sense of guilt”.

4.4 How long does shock last after a sudden death?

“This is normal and over time you are likely to start to feel different emotions. Shock is different for everyone and may last for a couple of days or weeks. Shock may cause some people to react in an unusual way when they first hear the news of a death. It may be that some people laugh hysterically”.

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5. Our Final Thoughts/YouTube Video

We hope this topic might be of use to anyone who might read this. We would like to wish you a safe day, evening, night and beyond.

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