Going the distance

Dealing with grief and bereavement

By Edward T. Creagan, M.D. December 8, 2015

A number of readers have shared their stories of grief and bereavement. They talk about the overwhelming feelings of paralysis and emptiness, and of having no energy or enthusiasm for even the simplest things in life.

In his book, "A Grief Observed," the beloved British author C. S. Lewis wrote of the overwhelming, draining fatigue that afflicted him after the death of his wife. In the book he describes his inability to participate in even casual conversations and how his grief seemed to siphon off all his vitality and energy.

This is a normal phenomenon, perhaps more intense for some than others. But with time and attention to one's needs, this overwhelming sense of tiredness does gradually improve.

Part of the healing process is to take care of yourself, maintain some structure in your life, and to recognize and embrace healing as a process, not a destination.

Originally published Oct. 2, 2013.


Edward T. Creagan, M.D.

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Dec. 08, 2015