Recovering from Grief While Facing Trauma


It can seem impossible for anyone to recover from grief while facing trauma because every time the person turns around a similar situation may occur again. For instance, parents who have had a child die may always think the worse whenever their other children get sick. A child may be acting the way a normal baby is supposed to, such as spitting up every couple of minutes. A mother tends to get worried that her baby is going to die and starts crying because she’s thinking about the other child that she watched die.

Anxiety has built up inside of her by worrying and thinking about her other children. She may think that she’s crazy for having these feelings, but the more people she connects with, she’ll learn she isn’t alone. She may fare well in being in a support group with other mothers who have dealt with a loss and are having anxiety issues.


Why It’s Difficult to Recover when Dealing with Grief and Trauma


The loss of a loved one can be difficult, especially if the individual was with the person at the time during the incident. For example, a person can be involved in a car accident with a family member where a family member died. The other person in the car accident will deal with grief and not be able to cope with everyday tasks because he or she is always thinking about the traumatic event. The person may even start to blame themselves because their family member died and they survived.

PTSD is a mental health condition that involves having reoccurring nightmares, severe anxiety, flashbacks, and uncontrollable thoughts of the incident. The mental disorder can prevent individuals from completing their daily tasks. The symptoms of PTSD are grouped into four types:

  • Intrusive memories, which involves having flashbacks, reoccurring thoughts of the incident, nightmares, and emotional and physical reaction to the incident.
  • Avoidance occurs when the person avoids anything that reminds him or her of the event and avoiding talking and thinking about the event.
  • Negative thinking and mood happen when a person starts thinking negatively of him or herself, isolation from others, memory issues, difficulty maintaining close relationships, and lack of interest in activities and hobbies.
  • Physical and emotional change includes having trouble sleeping and concentrating, easily frightened, irritable and angry, and always on guard for danger.

If PTSD is left untreated, it cannot only cause suicide thoughts, but the person can lose everything that is important to him or her, such as their family and friends. People are scared to seek treatment because they’re afraid of what people may think of them. They may feel they can cope on their own, but in reality, they’re just making themselves and the people around them suffer by not seeking treatment. 


Christian Drug Rehab may be Beneficial


When a person is dealing with grief and trauma, over time, he or she may start abusing drugs as a way to cope. Whenever the person has symptoms of the trauma, he or she will take their drug of choice to get relief from the trauma. Once the symptoms subside, they will have to take more of the drug. Christian drug rehab involves Bible study groups, scripture discussions, and regular religious services. Bible study and scripture discussions relate a person’s issues that he or she are going through. This allows individuals to get spiritual healing and understand why they are feeling a certain way.  Everything that individuals are going through is connected to the Bible. Pastors can help individuals locate scriptures that pertain to their situation.

Importance of Grief Therapy


Seeking treatment from grief and trauma can help a person tremendously. Individuals who haven’t gotten over a loss may benefit from talking a therapist who can help them get on with their lives without the person in a healthy way.

  • Get closure and move on with life
  • Accept the loss of the person
  • Get comfort in memories of the person in a positive way instead of thinking of death all the time

The process of healing from trauma is a slow process, but it’ll happen and once a person is healed, he or she can move on with their lives. Any memories they have other the loved one they lost, can be in a positive light.


About the Author
Adam Durnham is a freelance blogger from Detroit, Michigan who writes primarily about coping skills, addiction, and recovery from loss.