Because we are human beings we will at some time or another experience grief. Grief comes to us in many ways.
What can cause us to grieve?
- Death of a loved one
- Serious illness
- Relationship ends
- Job change
- Death of a pet
- Loss of health, physical ability, financial security
What are normal reactions to grief?
- Difficulty sleeping
- Feeling sad or depressed
- Difficulty focusing
- and many more
What grief is supposed to look like?
Grief and the process of grieving looks different for every person. There is no blueprint that can lead you through the process. Each person will experience grief in their own way. Patience and compassion for yourself is important.
Some steps to use in coping with grief
- Keep communication open with family and trusted friends.
- Seek out counseling.
- Join a grief support group.
- Allow yourself to feel the grief.
- Allow yourself to be socially active.
- If grieving a death, tell stories, look at photos, read letters, make a photo collage of the deceased.
- Practice healthy habits. Eat good food, exercise, use meditation.
Above all, be loving and patient with yourself. Don't set a timeline of when you need to stop grieving. If you follow healthy choices of coping with grief, then it will follow to a healthy result. Support is out there for you through counselors, support groups, or a spiritual support system. Don't be afraid to reach out.