How Am I Doing?
When you are grieving, it may be difficult to decide whether you need to seek additional support. Answering the following questions for yourself may help clarify your situation:
- Do you feel immobilized, as if you’re making no progress?
- Are you unable to talk about your loved one without experiencing intense and unmanageable feelings?
- Are your emotions so intense that they are causing problems in your relationships?
- Since your loss, is your sleep disturbed on a regular basis?
- Do you feel a loss of interest or joy in other people, activities, your job, or your life?
- Do you have new or increased negative behaviors: overeating, using drugs or alcohol, or gambling?
- Have you gained/lost more than 10% of your normal body weight?
- Do you feel that life in unfulfilling, empty or meaningless since your loss?
- Are you unable to meet your basic needs for nutrition, hydration, safety, hygiene, and grooming?
- Do you actively consider suicide, self-harm, or self-destructive behaviors?
- Since your loss, do you contemplate or find yourself involved in harm to others, damaging other people’s property, or any other destructive behaviors?
If you answered yes…
… to any of these questions, then you may benefit from professional help. Consider calling Rainbow Grief & Loss Services to speak to a professional counselor. We have a variety of individual and group counseling programs that may be helpful.
…to questions 7, 8, 9, or 10, please speak to your doctor immediately about your situation. Your health, safety, and future are important, even when you are not feeling that they are.
We are not a crisis center. If you should require immediate assistance, please call 911 or go to your nearest emergency room.
If you would like to speak to one of our counselors or learn more about our Grief & Loss Services, please call 847-653-3141.