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OPINION: Why lighting a candle can help you deal with grief in winter

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18.10.2021

Grief can be a pain in the neck – or the lower back, head, or any other part of the body come to that. And it hurts.

The sadness is bad enough, but the physical aches and pains that frequently flare up to accompany it are very draining.

They are also worrying because we can’t help but think that they betoken some dreaded disease. More often than not though, they are simply physical manifestations of our distress, and they usually go away in their own time.

In my last column, I wrote about low mood and isolation and how these can be more problematic at this time of year.

I am also aware that many people feel loss more acutely when the sun doesn’t shine, and the nights start around 4pm.

So, I thought I would write about the weight of grief, because that’s what it can feel like – a huge weight.

The other day, a client described one of her symptoms to me in this way: ‘I feel my head is too heavy for my body and it’s taking massive effort to support it,’ she said. I think many of you will recognise that sensation. Someone else confided in me recently that he felt as though his grasp on........

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