Everyone experiences grief at some point in their lives. It is real, natural, and it’s measurable. It’s been proven by scientist that the death of your mother or father will alter your brain chemistry and how it functions. It can even have a effect on you physically. You may be surprised just how many things can change.
Losing someone, as close as a parent, is one very emotional thing that everyone can relate to. The fact that it happens to everyone doesn’t lessen the trauma that you experience from the event. This trauma tends to affect and change lives forever. There are studies that suggest loosing a parent, as an adult, can cause you to suffer biologically and psychologically. Some could even suffer problems that become pathological.
In the event that you know your parent is going to pass, the best scenario would be preparing for their loss, being able to say goodbye, and have a support system in place. When death is unexpected, as is common with accidents or illnesses, this may cause the adult child to remain in denial. Also, causing lingering anger issues for a long period of time. It could lead to depression issues, even PTSD if there is trauma.
There isn’t any test that will show how grief is experienced. Because all brains respond in the same way to pain, there are a few constants in scientific proof.
Studies have shown an involvement of the frontal cortex, the posterior cingulate cortex, and the cerebellum brain regions during the time of grief processing.
This means that over a short amount of time, your body is certain to feel some physical distress when faced with grief. Over a longer period of time, your whole body is at risk of feeling physical distress.