Grief and Loss

It is human nature to grieve when we lose someone, something, or suffering an injury or illness, often trying to find reasons for losses. 

What does grief look like?  

  • Feeling down, blue or hopeless 
  • Having crying spells 
  • Feeling irritable 
  • Feeling guilty or worthless 
  • Wondering if life is worth living 
  • Having difficulty sleeping or sleeping too much 
  • Experiencing low energy, getting tired easily 
  • Eating a lot more or a lot less 
  • Keeping to yourself 
  • Not enjoying things like before 
  • Feeling restless, having difficulty sitting still 
  • Can’t stop worrying about problems or the future 
  • Having difficulty making decisions, concentrating and remember things 

The more items you identify with on this list, the more distressed you may feel, l and the more likely it is that you need help. Talk with trusted family, friends and professionals that can help you.

Strategies for coping with grief: 

  • Realize that your feelings are common and a normal response to a difficult situation 
  • Be kind to yourself - give yourself and others times to adjust 
  • Think about the future you want and the best way to get there 
  • Appreciate the value of patience and persistence in reaching your goals 
  • Take on step at a time and set goals for each day 
  • Avoid dwelling on how things were or from making comparisons to how things used to be 
  • Focus on successes, strengths, and resources 
  • Recognize the good things in your life and changes for the better 
  • Be hopeful. Say positive things to yourself and others. For example, “we will make it through this” or “we’ve come so far” 
  • Talk to and spend time with the people who care about you 
  • Join a support group, talk to others for support 
  • Build new relationships and improve old relationships 
  • Remember that others face similar challenges and ask others how they deal with losses and changes 
  • Give up some old responsibilities when you take on new ones 
  • Allow yourself to ask others for help and support 
  • Remain active, try to do things you enjoy 
  • Distract yourself with music, a book, a movie, television or another activity you enjoy 
  • Try to find new interests and activities 
  • Give yourself breaks and try to be patient with yourself 
  • Learn about treatments, resources and recovery 

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