The loss of a loved one can take its toll on you both physically and mentally. You may experience a roller coaster of emotions. One moment may find you incapacitated by grief, whereas in the next you may feel almost normal. Anger, fear, guilt, and panic are just a few of the emotions you may experience. This is completely normal.

Older CoupleThe physical effects of grief can include sleeplessness, excessive fatigue, headaches, general malaise, intestinal upsets, and dizziness. During periods of extreme stress such as grief, it is crucial that you try to eat regularly and to rest, since stress can suppress your immune system, making you more prone to illness.

Your grief reaction and subsequent recovery can depend on the quality of your relationship to the deceased, your capacity to handle stress, and the type of support network that you have. If your relationship was strained or you have never experienced the loss of a loved one, your grief may be overwhelming.

Do not be afraid to seek the support of friends and family. They will want to help but might not be sure how. All too often, those who are grieving keep their feelings to themselves and feel that others will be able to anticipate their needs. As difficult as it may seem, it may be necessary for you to take the initiative.

For that very reason, many local and national support groups have been formed.  These groups can provide a common place and a comfortable environment for expressing emotions through each phase of the grieving process.

The Direct Marketing Association (DMA), a member organization for businesses that market goods and services to consumer by mail, email and telephone, has developed a Deceased Do Not Contact list (DDNC). All DMA members are prohibited from soliciting individuals named on the list.  Consumers may add a decedent to the DDNC list by visiting and providing the deceased's name, address, telephone number and email address along with another email address that is used to verify the registration. A new, updated DDNC is distributed to DMA members at least once every three months.