Chapter 3: Challenges you may face
Loss of trust or confidence
Relationships became difficult for me because I felt that I couldn’t relate to people. I felt like no one would understand even if I did.
A traumatic experience can lessen your trust in others and yourself, a loss that can negatively affect your interpersonal interactions and your grief. You may experience some of the following:
Feeling more caution, even suspicious.
“Stepping back” and engaging less with people.
Starting to doubt yourself, or questioning your judgment in the past, present, and future.
Questioning decisions made by others regarding the death.
What may help
- If you or others notice that you are withdrawing, it’s important to make the effort to reach out to supportive family and friends. Use your best judgment, and choose people who have shown themselves to be trustworthy in the past.
- Doubts and suspicions can increase your general sense of negativity. If you are feeling increasingly discouraged and have lost confidence in yourself or others, seek out a professional counsellor with training in grief and trauma.