Grief encompasses a broad range of feelings and behaviors that are common after a loss. We experience grief, not only after our loved one dies, but also when we are separated from important people in our lives through divorce or relocation. We grieve when our pets die, too. Grief is a normal reaction to a loss, something all of us will experience at some point in our lives. Yet many of us don’t recognize it when it happens.
I've designed Grief Self Checker to help people understand whether they’re experiencing grief symptoms. This is a personal project that has come out of my years of experience in working with bereaved individuals.
Grief symptoms differ depending on the person. Some people can’t stop crying after the death of a loved one, while others feel numb due to the shock. Grief symptoms also affect people not only emotionally but also cognitively and physically. For instance, misplacing things constantly, difficulty concentrating, and lack of appetite are some of the common and less known grief symptoms. These varying symptoms make it difficult for people to understand grief.
The goals for Grief Self Checker
To help users understand if they’re experiencing grief symptoms.
To educate users about grief.
Grief Self Checker allows users to assess their grief symptoms quickly.
Many life events can cause grief besides death.
Here are some examples of grief symptoms. Grief affects people differently.
Grief may affect people emotionally, physically, and/or cognitively.
All of the symptoms mentioned on this app are common grief symptoms. If a user experienced a loss and has one or more symptoms, he or she could be grieving.
A user will be able to assess if he or she is grieving and be educated about what grief symptoms are. Understanding the symptoms and acknowledging one's grief is the first step toward recovery.
I’ve designed Grief Self Checker based on my experiences in working with bereaved individuals as a hospice music therapist. I believe it could be informative and useful for those who are grieving without knowing it.
One woman said to me, "Until I saw your page, I thought I was going crazy." She lost her job and relocated a few years ago. Since then, she has become forgetful, irritable, and sad. "I felt like I was a bad person. I began to dislike myself," she said. But after realizing that she was grieving she said, "I feel relieved to know what's going on with me. I'm not going crazy. I'm just grieving."
This checker will be most useful when combined with in-depth information about grief including “complicated grief,” a type of grief that is much more difficult to deal with than normal grief. It should also include information about where to get help if they need it.