Grief and Loss

Grief is a natural emotional reaction/response to any kind of loss. Grief is experienced in many different ways.

Examples of loss:

  • Death
  • Divorce or relationship loss
  • Job loss
  • Sense of self
  • Freedom
  • Health
  • Our dreams
  • Anything we hold precious and important

Common emotional patterns:

  • Shock and confusion
  • Denial
  • Anger and rage
  • Sadness and depression
  • Isolation

What you can do:

  • Attend support groups in your area and/or find someone to talk to
  • Journal
  • Seek comforting rituals
  • Avoid major changes in residence, jobs or marital status
  • For some, seeking solace in a faith community is helpful
  • Remind yourself that healing takes time
  • Develop a wellness plan
    • Physical self care (exercise; nutrition; sleep; reduce alcohol, drugs, caffeine)
    • Lifestyle habits (routines, goals; stress reduction; relaxation)
    • Emotional self-care (feel your feelings; self-forgiveness; professional help)
    • Social support (friends, family; colleagues)
    • Spiritual connection (prayer; meditation; community; find purpose/meaning)