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Grief Coping with the Loss of a Loved One

Coping with the Loss of a Loved One


One of the most stressful and painful events in anyone’s life is the loss of a loved one. The literal meaning of bereavement is “to be deprived by death".

What Can You Expect

When someone passes that you have loved you can expect to feel many emotions. At first you may feel numbness, this is usually followed by shock and disbelief.
Other emotions you may experience include.

SADNESS
CONFUSION
GUILT
ANGER
DESPAIR
Remember all these feelings are normal. They are healthy and help you come to terms with your loss. It will take time to accept your loss. Each one of us is an individual. There is no set time to grieve. It can take months, sometimes years. It is important to express your feelings. It may seem helpful to separate yourself from the pain and anguish but you cannot avoid these feelings forever, it needs to be dealt with.


Physical Symptoms Associated with Grief

INABILITY TO SLEEP
LACK OF ENERGY
UNABLE TO CONCENTRATE
LOSS OF APPETITE
MINOR ILLNESS

Sometimes the symptoms of grief can be acute.

NOT WANTING TO GET OUT OF BED
NOT WANTING TO BE INVOLVED IN EVERYDAY LIFE
UNABLE TO CONCENTRATE
UNABLE TO WORK
THOUGHTS OF SUICIDE
AVOIDING TALKING TO ANYONE

When these feelings occur you would be advised to consult with your doctor. You maybe suffer from depression.

How to Cope with Grief

Tell others how you feel, by releasing your feelings it will help you through the grieving process. Talk to people who have also lost loved ones, they will understand how you feel and what your going through.
Take care of yourself, be careful of developing reliance on medication or alcohol.
Don’t make any major changes, changing jobs, moving home, marrying. You need to time to adjust to your loss however long. Don’t be pushed into making changes.

If your grief becomes too much for you to cope with ask for help, see your doctor, its nothing to be ashamed of. The most important thing to remember is to give yourself time. You will survive. The pain will lessen and you will be left with wonderful memories of your loved one.

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