Memory loss is quite a common symptom after a bereavement, along with confusion, inability to concentrate, feeling that you are going crazy.
But you're not losing your mind. Grief is a huge trauma and you are reeling from the shock of your loss. It's not surprising that you can't think straight. You have so much to process and and it takes a while to come to terms with your new world order.
It happens to all of us from time to time that we can't remember day to day things. But when you have suffered a loss in your life, you are much more prone to those forgetful moments. Your brain is occupied with processing your bereavement. You may have become numb with shock which can last days, weeks or even months. You might not be sleeping well. It's not surprising then, that you might forget a lot of little day to day things.
The good news is that in most cases, as you get over your loss, your memory will go back to normal but give yourself time and don't panic about memory loss - that will only add to your anxiety.
Complicated grief is when grief goes on for longer than normal and has a severe impact on your quality of life. You may be suffering from complicated grief if:
If you are feeling like this, it is probable that you have become stuck in this heightened state of grief from which you cannot heal on your own.
Studies have shown that those who have complicated grief often have memory loss where they are unable to remember every day things, but on the other hand, can remember with extreme clarity everything to do with the person they have lost.
If you think this could be you, it is essential to get some help. Call your doctor or a counselor, or use the confidential online counseling service we recommend below.
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