Grief can be a natural response to loss. It’s the emotional pain you
feel when something or someone precious in your life goes away and
there's nothing left for you but an empty space where they used to
live inside of your heart, with no way back. You may experience all
sorts of difficult feelings, such as guilt, anger, disbelief at their
absence from this world. These are normal reactions that come along
with losing someone who meant a great deal to you. Coping with loss
doesn't always have to mean death-- any type of loss causes grief.
We all need emotional support from our families and close friends when
suffering through these periods in our lives.
The grieving process is a tough one. It can be difficult to find the
right way to cope with all of your emotions, but learning some healthy
ways to cope may make it easier for you along this journey. Coping
with grief and loss might seem like an impossible task for many
people; however, there are different methods which could potentially
lessen your feelings of guilt or even anger. It also depends on what
stage someone is in their grieving process. For many individuals, when
they experience any type of tragedy or trauma, it can help to talk
about how they're feeling - including both good and bad thoughts
or feelings, so that friends and family may have more insight into
their situation whether it's at home with loved ones, or school
and work friends. It’s okay to grieve and feel sad. Try these healthy
coping habits the next time you are feeling down help get through some
of your lows:
Talk about your feelings with someone who understands what
you're going through
Exercise - a good sweat session will boost endorphins (the
body's natural mood-lifting chemicals)
Join others in support groups or online forums for people dealing
Remember that things could be worse than they currently seem by
comparing yourself to other cultures' attitudes towards death
Take care of yourself mentally as well as physically so don't
forget sleep! Sleep deprivation can lead one into depression because
our brain need adequate rest
Spend some much-needed quality time doing something you love and
Grief is a difficult process that can be very challenging for many
people. It’s important to recognize the importance of grieving and how
it has an impact on your emotional well-being, even if you don't
know what specific steps are best suited for yourself personally.
Grieving is not something we talk about often enough in our society.
Grievers have different needs depending on their personality, coping
style, life experience, faith and loss significance, which may make
healing complicated with no right way or wrong way to grieve; however,
there's one thing all grievers should remember: recognizing grief
as an essential part of personal wellness will help one through a
trying time where they need guidance most.
The pain of grief can often cause you to want to withdraw from others
and retreat into your shell. But having the face-to-face support of
other people is vital for healing from loss. Even if you're not
comfortable talking about your feelings under normal circumstances,
it's important that when grieving, we express them with those
closest or most appropriate in our lives -- even if they aren't
what one would typically call "friends." This might include
family members who don’t live close by but still feel connected
through shared values and experiences; friends who are more like
acquaintances than confidantes; coworkers sharing similar interests
(even a hobby); spiritual leaders whom we admire as role models; etc.
It's important to express your feelings when you're grieving.
Don't isolate yourself from friends and family, even if it feels
like talking about or being around them is too difficult at this time.
With keeping in mind that there is no “right” way to grieve, find what
feels right for you and know that time and perspective will ultimately
soften the blow of loss, even if there is still some ember of pain