This is interesting. I've heard something similar before, but this is further confirmation of how emotions affect our physical bodies. I offer this quote because I tire so easily these days. I seem to only be able to do things for short periods and then need to rest. Also, it explains why I got sick a few weeks ago. I'm taking more vitamins now to help my immune system. But, here's why grief is as much a physical thing as emotional.
Your emotions are powerful. In her newsletter, Health Wisdom for Women, Dr. Christiane Northrup writes, "The brain and immune system communicate in two ways: By means of hormones that the brain regulates; and through protein molecules, called neuropeptides (or neurotransmitters) and receptors, which send messages back and forth. These same molecules are not only in your brain, but also in your stomach, your muscles, your glands, your bone marrow, your skin, and all of your other organs and tissues. Since the network expands to every organ in the body, it means that every thought you think and emotion you feel is communicated to every cell in your body."
What has happened to you has the same effect on you as if you had gone through major surgery. Consider yourself in intensive care and treat yourself as if you are in intensive care.
(I Wasn't Ready to Say Good Bye: Surviving, Coping, and Healing After the Sudden Death of a Loved One, by Brook Noel and Pamela D. Blair)
For those who grieve, and for those who are standing with and supporting someone who is grieving, these words are immensely important. Grief is more than just an emotion!
Sara Faith Nelson
Sharing the journey, because, I find there are so many others making the trek through life without a loved one