Grief Support

Grief is a natural response to loss. Grief can be identified as the emotional suffering you experience when someone or something you love is taken away. Generally the more significant the loss, the more intense the grief will be.

Coping With Grief

There is no right or wrong way to grieve, but there are healthy ways to cope as you journey through grief. The death of a loved one is perhaps the most difficult and emotionally intense event one can experience.

As you struggle to accept the loss, it’s natural to find yourself consumed by powerful, complex and even sometimes conflicting emotions such as pain, fear, sadness and even anger.

Myths & Facts

It’s important to be “be strong” in the face of loss.
Feeling sad, frightened, or lonely is a normal reaction to loss. Crying doesn’t mean you are weak. You don’t need to “protect” your family or friends by putting on a brave front. Showing your true feelings can help them and you.

If you don’t cry, it means you aren’t sorry about the loss.
Crying is a normal response to sadness, but it’s not the only one. Those who don’t cry may feel the pain just as deeply as others. They may simply have other ways of showing it.

Other Resources

There are many resources, such as books, that you can use to help understand and cope with grief. The following is a list of resources that may be helpful:

 

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