Coping with Grief

Coping with Grief

Losing a loved one will inevitably happen at some point in our lives. It is important to know that everyone experiences grief and loss differently. There is no right or wrong way to grieve. While some people experience sorrow, others might suffer from guilt or overwhelming despair and hopelessness. Still others might experience anger or fear and anxiety. Some people find they cycle through different emotions, feeling furious at one moment and hopeless the next. During this time it is also ok to be confused about what you want and not know how to cope. A person might want to be alone one moment and surrounded by people the next. Try and communicate what you need to your friends or family. Many people may want to help; they just do not know how to you help you best. Some people might know how to make funeral arrangements and others, might like to bring you a meal or bring groceries. In addition to telling people how they can help, it is important to take care of your body. Try to make time to sleep and eat normally as your body needs time to heal. Some people find it difficult to sleep during such stressful times; others might want to sleep all the time. While it may be very difficult trying to keep to your regular routine, it might help keep some normality in your life. Remember that you are not alone; many people have been through this before you. Most people have informal supports like friends or family, or formal supports like a hospital social worker or doctor. This is the time to reach out to those people and allow them to help.

If feelings of grief seem to persist or never end, it might be time to contact a professional for guidance, like a spiritual leader or counsellor.