By Caroline S Walrad, Ph.D.

Grief can be short lived or create an unresolved trauma for a life time. There are many reasons we feel grief: loss of a loved one, illness, loss of a job or money, divorce, accident, war or any other reason that is out of our control. The stages of grief have been well documented and consist of: denial, anger, bargaining, depression, and acceptance. It takes time to go through the stages of grief. We can get ‘stuck’ in a stage.

I believe the most difficult stage to overcome is anger. We are taught as a society not to be angry at the event or person causing the grief. The grieving person may have anger, but not anger at the cause of the grief. Guilt can block a true resolution towards the last stage – one of acceptance. Their moods are up and down and nothing seems to allow happiness. Those helped by Ignatia even wake up with depression. After taking homeopathic Ignatia, many describe they feel relief, a lightness and a sense of freedom ‘to go on’ without guilt.

In the book, Getting Back on Track, by Jill R. Turland, the cause of ‘Ignatia type guilt’ is described. Turland says Ignatia grief happens when plans have been changed by unforeseen circumstances beyond one’s control and he/she cannot see where to go next, the previous plan is no longer an option; feeling stymied, thwarted, unable to get ahead.

Symptoms of needing Ignatia: (Turland, page 115)

  • Deep sense of inner sadness and disappointment; always suppressed and held tightly within
  • Inner tension even seemingly relaxed to others and reach a hysterical breaking point
  • Sadness and disappointment
  • Thought tend to be in the past, the present is hampered by past events.
  • Cannot see future as if it’s the end of the road – failure to see opportunities because of this
  • Grief can be the beginning of physical imbalances from fluid imbalance to heart disorders

Symptoms of needing Ignatia: (Desktop Guide, Roger Morrison, M.D., page 188)

  • Easily hurt feelings; easily offended
  • Sighing
  • Aversion to consolation
  • Alternating moods
  • Desire for or amelioration from traveling
  • Great defensiveness and touchiness
  • Lump in the throat

Homeopathy can be found in most natural food markets or online. It is best to follow the manufacturer’s directions. A Classical Homeopath can understand if Ignatia is the best grieving remedy for you after a professional intake.

Caroline S Walrad, Ph.D. is Doctor of Homeopathic Philosophy. The goal of this article is to educate others. Homeopathy doesn’t treat or diagnose an illness; it addresses the entire person as a matter of wholeness that is an educational process, not a medical one. It is the reader’s responsibility to inform their physician of any physical symptoms.