Coping Strategies

Certain coping techniques may help ease the grieving process. It may be beneficial to chat with family and friends for emotional support or to join a support group. If symptoms persist, it may be advisable to seek help from a grief counselor or religious advisor. Emotions must be faced, and the person suffering the loss should resist using alcohol or drugs excessively to suppress feelings. As time passes, it may also be helpful to anticipate difficult milestones such as birthdays and dates of passing and to plan in advance how they will be celebrated.

When to Seek Professional Help

Bereavement takes time and cannot be hurried. However, if feelings of grief, intense anger, and/or depression worsen, it may be beneficial to seek professional help from a grief counselor or therapist. Thoughts of regret for being alive, blaming oneself for the loss, lacking the ability to trust people or to perform daily activities and/or feeling disconnected from others for more than a few weeks, may also be signs that one should seek professional help.

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