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The Journey of Grief

Posted on October 11, 2012 at 4:39 PM
Grief Definition:
Grief is the reaction to a loss, it does not only refer to a loss of a loved one but can also include a loss of relationships, opportunities, etc.  Grief is not an event, it is rather a PROCESS and it will take time to work through.  It can affect every aspect of a person's life, emotionally, socially, and physically. It may even prompt the person to begin searching for new meaning to life. The word "Normal" is a difficult one to use describing the emotions associated with grief. Some of these emotions may include: Shock & Numbness-Denial-Confusion-Anger & Resentment- Relief-Guilt- Loneliness-Withdrawals
 
While literature provides explanations of the different stages of grief, these stages serve only as a guideline. The grief process is unpredictable with no definite order of the events that must occur. Everyone experiences grief differently and has his/her own pace moving through the stages. There is no exact time limit on grief, a person must avoid the belief that one must "Get over it", rather, the person must find ways to "Cope with it", as some aspects of the loss may stay with the person forever.  For some people it may take a year or two to move through the grief process and begin to adapt to life without his/her loved one.
 
These are some ways to help a person cope with a loss:
  • Acknowledge the Loss, including questioning what happened and replaying the events in mind. This is difficult and painful to do but very important for healing.
  • Accept and Face the Emotions, one must accept these emotion and tries to channel them in a constructive way. There is nothing wrong with grieving, and it is OK to cry.  Accepting these emotions is an important part of healing.
  • Express your grief and talk to someone you trust, share your feelings and thoughts openly and accept help when offered.
  • Try to take " Grief Breaks", allow yourself to take time away from your grief by doing something distracting.
  • Take care of your physical health, and try to get plenty of rest whenever you can.
  • Force yourself to participate in relaxing activities and hobbies.
  • Remove extra sources of stress in your life.
  • Keep the Faith, that one day you will heal and be whole again.
 

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