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Coping with Grief

Living with grief

Coping with death is vital to a person’s mental health. It is only natural to experience grief when a loved one dies. There are many ways to cope effectively:

· Seek out caring people. Relatives and friends can understand feelings of loss. Support groups with others who are experiencing similar losses may also be beneficial.

· Express feelings. The person should tell others how they are feeling; it will help them to work through the grieving process.

· Take care of your health. Maintaining regular contact with the family physician, eating well and getting plenty of rest is essential. Awareness of the danger of developing a dependence on medication or alcohol to deal with grief is also a must.

· Accept that life is for the living. The individual must begin to live again in the present and not dwell on the past.

· Postpone major life changes. The individual needs to refrain from making any major changes, such as moving, remarrying, changing jobs or having another child. They need time to adjust to their loss.

· Be patient. It can take months or even years to absorb a major loss and accept a changed life.

· Seek outside help when necessary. If grief seems like it is too much to bear, the individual should seek professional assistance to help work through the grief. It is a sign of strength, not weakness, to seek help.

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