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What are common emotions after the death of a loved one?

Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)
More than 2.5 million deaths occur in the United States every year. Doctors and therapists call this stressful and challenging period bereavement. Most individuals (80% to 90%) are able to cope with the loss of a loved one without professional intervention.

It’s normal for a person to experience feelings of numbness, intense feelings of sadness, anxiety for the future, or feelings of emptiness. It’s also normal for some to exhibit “searching behaviors,” including hallucinations of the deceased person’s presence, which may make one fear that he or she is going crazy, but these are normal experiences.
This content originally appeared on doctoroz.com

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