Losing someone or something you love or care deeply about is very painful.
You may experience all kinds of difficult emotions and it may feel like the pain and sadness your experiencing will never let up. These are normal reactions to a significant loss. But while there is no right or wrong way to grieve, there are healthy ways to cope with the pain that, in time, can renew you and permit you to move on.
Grief is a natural response to loss. Although grief may be associated with the death of a loved one, there are many different types of loss that can cause grief including:Loss of health, losing a job, loss of a friendship, a relationship breakup, and even a loss of a cherished dream.
Loss comes in all shapes and sizes and that’s why it’s important to know how to deal with it in a healthy way.
In 1969, psychiatrist Elisabeth Kübler-Ross introduced what became known as the “five stages of grief.” Including:
1. Denial: “This can’t be happening to me.”
2. Anger: “Why is this happening? Who is to blame?”
3. Bargaining: “Make this not happen, and in return I will ____.”
4. Depression: “I’m too sad to do anything.”
5. Acceptance: “I’m at peace with what happened.”
Coping with grief and loss tip 1: Get support
The single most important factor in healing from loss is having the support of other people. Even if you aren’t comfortable talking about your feelings under normal circumstances, it’s important to express them when you’re grieving. Sharing your loss makes the burden of grief easier to carry. Wherever the support comes from, accept it and do not grieve alone. Connecting to others will help you heal.
Coping with grief and loss tip 2: Take care of yourself
When you’re grieving, it’s more important than ever to take care of yourself. The stress of a major loss can quickly deplete your energy and emotional reserves. Looking after your physical and emotional needs will help you get through this difficult time.
Everyone grieves differently. With that being said, how you grieve depends on many factors, including your personality and coping style, your life experience, your faith, and the nature of the loss. Ever heard the saying, “time heals all wounds”? Well, that saying is almost true. There is no “normal” timetable for grieving. It may take weeks or months, possibly even years. A more apt saying is, “It’s what you do with the time that heals.” Like any other aspect of life, mourning is an active, working process, not a passive one. And one other thing to remember is that yes, time may heal all wounds, but there’s always a scar left over. That scar will always be a reminder of what you have been through and what you have survived.
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