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How to Cope With Grief

So you might have experienced the terrible loss of a family member or a loved one! We offer our deepest sympathies to you personally in your time of sorrow. We offer below some effective techniques on how to deal with grief.

First, though, it is most important that you just know that you can’t “handle” or “manage” grief. It is not healthy or even effective to try to manipulate or find a shortcut to grief. There are, however, more comfortable ways that will help you survive as the grieving process unfolds.

Go with the Flow

In the initial phases of your bereavement, don’t try to suppress it, to conceal it or deny it. The most effective thing is to let the grief wash over you, let it in and take you along for now. Surrender to the despair to get the right way through it. It’s only later that you are going to figure out strategies to put your grief aside in order to deal with the business of your job, living, financial issues, legal issues, and social life.

Don’t Grieve Alone

The funeral is over, out of town guests have gone home, and your friends and family appear to be getting back to their lives. Perhaps you are dismayed at that time to find that you’ve been left to handle your grief alone! Why does this occur? Where is everybody when you need them? The simple truth is that most folks, including family and even friends, aren’t comfortable with grief. They do not know what to say or how to help so they opt to stay away.

It’s not healthy to grieve. So make the effort to find at least one professional or even a friend who does get what you are going through. You are in need of a supporting “ear” who’ll stand by you as well as enable you to express your grief without telling you it is “time to move on with your life”. You might find it helpful at this point in your despair to join a grief support group in your area. This is really a unique type of therapy that many have reported to be very useful.

Be Kind and Gentle on Yourself

The greatest guidance on how to handle grief we are able to give you is this: be gentle and kind with yourself! Grief does take time and tons of effort. Regrettably, facing grief head-on is the only way through it. There are no any easy ways or shortcuts to “manage” a healthy bereavement. So you have to be forgiving and patient of yourself.

We have provided a couple of suggestions here which will be quite helpful to any one dealing with grief. There are, nevertheless, many other proven means of making grief bearable.
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