S1E7- Feeling of Anxiety in the grieving journey

Author Posted On 19 September 2023

Podcast Transcript

Welcome back to another episode of "Grief Untangled: Untangling the Threads of Grief, Healing, and Hope."  I'm your host, CoachDD, and today, we’re going to talk about an emotion that is rather difficult one, and that is - Anxiety

Grief is an emotional landscape filled with twists and turns, peaks and valleys. It's a journey that, unfortunately, doesn't come with a roadmap. Instead, it's fraught with uncertainties, and these uncertainties can lead to the emergence of anxiety.

Before we dive further, it's essential to understand that grief and anxiety are intertwined. When you're grieving, your life has been disrupted, and the world might suddenly feel like an unsafe place. This sense of instability can trigger feelings of anxiety.

So, let's explore the many facets of anxiety during grief. 

First, we have anticipatory anxiety. 

This type of anxiety often surfaces before a significant event or milestone that is related to your loss. For instance, the looming anniversary of a loved one's passing or the thought of attending a family gathering without them can send your anxiety skyrocketing.

The "what-ifs" become a constant companion during anticipatory anxiety. You might find yourself asking questions like, "What if I break down during the memorial service?" or "What if I can't handle being at their favourite place without them?" These questions can consume your thoughts, making the event itself seem even more daunting.

Next, we encounter situational anxiety.

This form of anxiety can manifest when you're facing situations directly tied to your grief. Maybe you're tasked with going through your loved one's belongings, making funeral arrangements, or handling legal matters. These responsibilities can feel incredibly overwhelming, leading to intense anxiety.

Situational anxiety often stems from the fear of making the wrong choices or not honouring your loved one's memory adequately. It's a burden that can weigh heavily on your shoulders, making even the simplest decisions feel incredibly difficult.

Then there's generalised anxiety.

This is the all-encompassing worry that hovers over every aspect of your life. During grief, it can feel like a constant cloud, obscuring your ability to experience moments of joy or peace.

Generalized anxiety can lead to physical symptoms like muscle tension, restlessness, and insomnia. It can also result in cognitive symptoms, such as racing thoughts and difficulty concentrating. All of these effects can further complicate the grieving process.

Now, let's talk about social anxiety.

Grief can often leave you feeling disconnected from the world. You might find it difficult to interact with friends and family or attend social gatherings. This is especially true if you're worried about discussing your grief or dealing with well-meaning but insensitive comments.

Social anxiety can lead to isolation, which, in turn, can aggravate feelings of grief. Loneliness can become a constant companion, intensifying your emotional pain.

So, you might be wondering, how can we cope with anxiety during grief? 

The first step is to acknowledge and accept your anxiety. Understand that it's a natural response to the turmoil in your life.

Next, consider seeking professional help.  A Therapist/ coach can provide you with valuable tools and strategies to manage anxiety effectively. They can help you navigate the complex emotions tied to your grief and develop healthy coping mechanisms.

Additionally, mindfulness and relaxation techniques can be immensely beneficial. Deep breathing exercises, meditation, and yoga can help calm your mind and reduce anxiety's grip on your life.

And never underestimate the power of self-compassion. Be gentle with yourself as you navigate this challenging terrain. Understand that grief is a unique journey, and there's no right or wrong way to experience it.


Remember, you're not alone on this path. Many others have travelled through the maze of grief and anxiety and emerged stronger on the other side. Reach out for support when you need it, and know that healing is possible.

Thank you for joining me on this episode of “Untangling the Grief”  I hope this exploration of anxiety during grief has shed light on this complex emotion and provided you with some guidance on your own journey. Until next time, take care of yourself and those around you.

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