Whether your loss happened recently or long again, grief triggers can
catch you by surprise. In this article we will define what grief
triggers are, how long they last and how to deal with grief triggers so
you can do to soothe them when they happen.
What are Grief Triggers?
A grief trigger is an emotional response, tinged with sadness, that
may be accompanied with anxiety or tension in your body. It often hits
unexpectedly with a flood of grief feelings related to memories of your
loss. In one moment you may be feeling calm and then suddenly you are
distracted by past memories and emotional grief symptoms that can include sadness, loneliness, anxiety, guilt, anger and/or fear. Grief triggers often manifest as a “wave” of feelings.
may feel like avoiding your known grief triggers, which can provide
short-term relief. But if avoidance interferes with your daily life
that could be problematic. When we don’t process our emotions around
these memories they can lead to anxiety around triggers you can’t
escape. Anxiety is often our heart letting us know that there are
emotional things that need to be processed and untangled in order for us
to get relief.