Some of the common symptoms of low mood due to bereavement
Have you been feeling?
loss or grief
Have you had thoughts like?
‘What am I going to do now?’
‘I can’t do this alone’
‘I wish I had them here with me’
‘This should have happened to us’
‘This was not the right time’
Have you noticed?
an increase or decrease in appetite
you are spending more time alone
you are sleeping too much or too little
you have stopped doing the things you enjoy
you are putting off dealing with practical tasks
you are avoiding talking about the loss
Possible causes of low mood due to bereavement
stressful life events – these can be unwelcome or traumatic, such as the loss of a loved one
negative thinking – sometimes you may start to think negatively due to an event or situation, this can then become a habit and part of your general outlook; you may not even be aware of how negatively you were thinking or how this is impacting on you
lack of interest or reduction of pleasurable activities – sometimes, due to circumstances, you may reduce activities that you gained pleasure, satisfaction, or achievement from; you then do not increase these activities as soon as possible, instead you may forget just how much you benefited from these activities, causing you to have a lack of interest in doing them
loss – this can be the actual loss of someone through death or disappearance, but it can also be a major life change where there has been an adjustment and a loss of role or identity (e.g. redundancy or retirement)
anger – if you struggle to express your feelings particularly anger you may find yourself low in mood as a result of not expressing your anger or frustration in a safe and responsible way