What You Must Know About Grief: Part #7
Grief can destroy your health.
So, another negative issue with grief is the toll it can take on your physical health.
True, death-grief never really “goes away.”
But it can be healed—it can be resolved.
And, truth be told, it’s best for your long-term health if you do effectively resolve and “complete” your grief.
With that in mind, let’s take a look at four evidence-based issues unresolved grief can cause.
a.) Unresolved grief can increase the risk of heart disease.
Grief can cause chest pains and an irregular heartbeat. In fact, grief is often associated with Takotsubo Cardiomyopathy, or “broken heart syndrome,” where symptoms mimic a mild heart attack.
Not so coincidentally, research finds that, left unresolved, grief can…
b.) Unresolved grief can increase stroke risk.
Along much the same lines as the aforementioned risk…
Another nasty side-effect of grief is that it may increase blood pressure.
And hypertension (high blood pressure) can lead to several health issues.
In fact, a literature review published in the peer-reviewed journal Acta Neurologica Scandinavica finds that unresolved grief does indeed increase your risk of stroke.
c.) Unresolved grief can cause autoimmune issues.
Believe it or not, as you navigate death-grief…
Your immune system takes a beating.
And, like anything else physical…
If we don’t heal the cause, the situation will, most likely, only worsen.
What’s this mean?
Well, research finds that if you’re grieving, and you’re experiencing immune issues—like an increased sensitivity to certain medications and/or vaccinations, as well as systemic inflammation—unresolved grief may contribute to an underlying autoimmune issue going forward.
d.) Unresolved grief can cause cognitive decline.
In addition, unresolved grief can cause cognitive decline.
Which leads to a sharply diminished quality of life.
In fact, research finds that amongst middle-aged and senior grievers, prolonged grief disorder (PGD, or “complicated grief”) can substantially increase the risk of cognitive decline.
These are just a few of the physical issues that may occur while living with unresolved grief.
What’s the lesson here?
I don’t know that there’s a “lesson,” per se.
Instead, I think research suggests that taking a therapeutic-grade approach to healing your grief may indeed be beneficial to your long-term health, both mentally and physically.
There you have it: 7 Things You Must Know About Grief.
I hope this overview has opened your eyes a bit.
If you’re interested in resolving your grief…
And doing so the right way…
With a professional that specializes in grief…