If you have had a miscarriage or lost a baby, you may feel that no one understands or that you don’t have anyone you can talk to about your loss. Our Center for Women’s Emotional Wellness at ChristianaCare offers support for you and family. Your feelings are natural and we invite you to call to talk with us at 302-733-6662.
How long does grief take?
You can’t hurry grief. There is no time limit. Sometimes grief comes in waves. You may feel like you are done grieving, and then you may become upset again.
Responses to loss
- Physical responses including feeling drained of energy, loss of appetite, sleepslessness, nausea.
- Emotional responses including worry or fear, loneliness, shame, relief.
- Psychological responses including confusinon, preoccupation, dreams, inability to concentrate.
- Behavioral responses included changes in sleep, changes in appetite, crying, social withdrawal or overactivity.
- Spiritual responses including feelings of abandonment or anger regarding your higher power, religious people or institutions; feeling loss of meaning and purpose; having a hard time participating in your normal spiritual practices; or becoming involved stronger religious/spiritual activity.
Depression, anxiety and post-traumatic stress
If you experience any of the following symptoms for more than two weeks, contact your doctor:
- Feeling down almost every day.
- Losing interest in things you usually enjoy.
- Sleeping too much or too little.
- Loss of appetite or eating too much.
- Not keeping up your appearance.
- Feeling restless or angry.
- Feeling overtaken by anxiety and panic.
- Having thoughts that are scary.
Helping you heal
- Allow yourself time for grieving.
- Remember that is often helpful and healing to cry.
- Know that it is not the best time to make big decisions.
- Be patient with yourself and your partner.
- Talk about your feelings with a friend or counselor.
How we can help
Our services at the Center for Women’s Emotional Wellness include:
- Listening to you and reviewing what services may work best for you.
- Counseling for you and your family.
- Finding the right medicine for you.
- Working with your doctor to plan the best care for you and your family.
- Counseling for women who have psychiatric illnesses.
Contact the Center for Women’s Emotional Wellness at 302-733-6662 or call ChristianaCare’s 24-hour Crisis Line at 302-320-2118.