S1E5- Numbness in the Grieving process

Author Posted On 19 September 2023

Podcast Transcript

Welcome back to another episode of 'Grief Untangled,' where we unravel the intricate emotions of grief to help you find your way through. I'm your host, [Your Name], and today, we're delving into a profound and often misunderstood aspect of grief: the emotion of numbness.

Grief as I always say is a complex journey, one that brings a torrent of emotions that can leave us feeling overwhelmed, lost, and at times, strangely disconnected. Numbness, my friends, is a feeling that often takes centre stage in this rollercoaster of emotions.

Picture this

After experiencing a loss, you might find yourself feeling like you're floating through life, disconnected from the world around you. The laughter of others seems distant, your own voice feels hollow, and even the simplest tasks feel like a burden.

This sensation of numbness is more than just an absence of feeling; it's a shield that our minds create to protect us from the intensity of grief. It's a self-preservation mechanism, allowing us to gradually absorb the reality of the loss without being completely overwhelmed by its emotional weight.

But why do we experience this numbness?

Why does grief often make us temporarily emotionless? You see, grief triggers a cascade of emotions – sadness, anger, guilt, fear – and our minds, unable to process them all at once, can sometimes enter a state of 'emotional shutdown.'

During this phase, we might feel like we're operating on autopilot. It's a time when even our most cherished routines and activities lose their colour and vibrancy. But please remember, my friends, this numbness is a natural response to an unnatural event.

Numbness might seem like a void, but it's also a pause, a chance for us to gather our strength before the emotional storm hits. It's okay to give yourself permission to feel numb – it's not a sign of weakness; it's a testament to the depth of your emotions.

However, just as numbness arrives, it eventually departs, making way for the other emotions that need our attention. It's important to navigate this phase with self-compassion and patience. Reach out to supportive friends, family, or a grief counsellor if you need someone to talk to.

Remember, again, as I always say, there's no 'right' way to grieve, and the journey is unique for each individual. Numbness is just one step along the path, and it's okay to embrace it as part of your healing process.


So, my dear listeners, if you're experiencing numbness, know that it's a normal part of the process. Give yourself the space you need, and in time, the colours of your world will start to return.

Thank you for tuning in to today's episode of 'Grief Untangled.' Remember, you're not alone in this journey. Until next time, take care, be kind to yourself, and keep untangling the threads of grief, healing, and hope.

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