Grief, Sorrow, Catharsis.
Grief is the cognitive and emotional process of working through a significant loss.The removal or death of anyone that has emotional value will set in motion a grief reaction. While grief is painful it is viewed as a healthy response, for without it a complete emotional recovery is not possible.
The most prominent symptoms of grief is acute psychological pain, emotional pain, a profound sense of loss of expectation, wide pattern of mood swings, feeling hurt, guilt, defensiveness, helplessness, anger, sadness, rage, loneliness, resentment and hopelessness. As if these symptoms are not enough, eating, sleeping and sexual disturbances are common as well as headaches, low energy levels, ulcers, dizziness and colitis may develop.
Grief may be worked through, healed, and resolved by faith, whereas sorrow may return many times.
Sorrow and tears are not signs of lack of faith. Sorrow is a healthy release of loss and hurt. The presence of sorrow is not something bad to be done away with, nor is it something to be healed too quickly. It is a mark of love’s knowing the pain of loss. It will pass away naturally in time, when its work is done in the heart.
Catharsis is outpouring of pent-up emotions.Tears are a gift of heaven. Such sudden outbursts of tears are undeniable evidence that the quest has neared the mark of truth. The emotional release usually opens doors of insight. One may begin to remember long-forgotten or repressed details. Precious ground may be covered in the afterglow of tears.
This one of the many areas where Inner Healing under the leading of the Holy Spirit can and does bring healing to all areas of the soul. Line upon line, precept upon precept, here a little, there a little. Isaiah 28:10.