How grief can make you sick

The Old English word for grief, heartsarnes, literally means soreness of the heart. Heartache originates from the Old English heortece, originally used to refer to heart disease. From Understanding how Grief Weakens the Body The Oxford Handbook of Stress, Health and Coping describes the impact that bereavement can have on our physical health. The odds of a…

Links between grief and poor health

The other day a link to this article came on my Twitter feed, “For the brokenhearted grief can lead to death” An interesting study on the impact of grief on levels of inflammation, concluding: … grief — regardless of people’s levels of depressive symptoms — can promote inflammation, which in turn can cause negative health…

Sleep problems and grief

As difficult as it may be to sleep during the first shocking days since a bereavement, problems of disturbed sleep may carry on long through the months and years of grief. Not being able to fall asleep, not being able to stay sleep, having troubled sleep are not uncommon. It’s really important to find a…