Grief comes in many forms. The loss of a person, the loss of a job, the loss of a dream, the loss of a pet, the loss of a home, or the loss of self.  It can be caused by divorce or separation from a partner, relocation for a new job, a death in the family, a betrayal by your best friend, rejection by a family member, or by an unexpected natural disaster. And I bet it was probably something you could have never predicted, yet, you feel like you could have done something to different or you should have seen it coming?

Unfortunately, that’s not life. You can prepare yourself as best as you know how, but there’s just no way of predicting the future. So, now what, you may ask? Now, you learn how to grief. Yes, it will be uncomfortable and yes, it will make you uneasy. but, eventually, day by day, you will better understand yourself and you will learn to tackle your emotions.

No longer will your emotions be controlling you, because you will be controlling them.

Possible Symptoms of Grief: *There is no timeline for grief. Symptoms could be visible years after the event(s).

  • Lack of productivity
  • Feelings of depression
  • Feelings of anxiety
  • Crying spells
  • Trouble sleeping
  • Changes in appetite
  • Feelings of sadness and/or
  • Feelings of survival guilt
  • Mood swings
  • Problems concentration, remembering, or making decisions

 

Adult Grief Support Groups:

Another way to deal with grief is by attending a support group. Support groups can be helpful for those looking to be around others who understand their pain. The pain of losing someone is not always understood by family or friends. Finding support within your community can help you feel more connected again. This is a safe place to mourn and grieve as you learn to heal. For more information about finding a grief support group, check out the Adult Grief Support Group page.

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