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What is Bereavement?
Bereavement is defined as the feeling of a deep and unexplainable loss that is triggered by the passing of family member, close friend, or a loved one. The individual may experience an intense emotional turmoil that triggers distress. Bereavement can also accompany a loss such as declination in your health or the ending of a significant relationship. Grief is the act of responding to the loss.
There are 5 stages of grief after a loss: Denial, Anger, Bargaining, Depression, and Acceptance. Bereavement and grief are subjective to each person and the healing process is not linear. Grief can be processed through mental, emotional, and physical experiences. Mental reactions can include processing feelings of anger, guilt, anxiety, sadness, and despair. Physical reactions can include changes in sleep pattern, appetite, or experiencing illness. Social reactions can include various and intense feelings about seeing family or friends or returning to work.
Grief processes are subjective and will depend on the nature of the relationship with the person who died, the situation surrounding the death, and the strength of the relationship you had with the person who died. Mourning is defined as the way the person adapts to the loss. The process of mourning can have influences from society, religion, customs and rituals. Response to loss will depend on circumstances surrounding the loss.
Coping with Grief
Self-care for grief can begin by giving yourself time and support to heal. Allow yourself to acknowledge the loss and allow yourself to experience the emotions that accompany the loss, both positive and negative. Don’t refrain from crying. Crying is a positive and healthy way to process grief. You can artistic expressions such as writing or journaling to process grief. Support groups or speaking with someone you trust can be helpful to identify and process grief. Lastly, be patient with yourself and allow yourself the time to heal.
Therapy for Bereavement
Grief counselling can help you work through feelings of sorrow and teach you how to process emotions in a healthy manner. The goal of grief counselling is to allow you to recognize grief and assist you in accepting the loss and discussing it. Additionally, you will work with your therapist to identify and process the emotions that accompany grief, such as anger, guilt, anxiety, and sadness. Grief counselling provides support works to help you identify effective coping skills to acknowledge and manage grief.
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Further Reading about Bereavement
Bereavement can be physically and emotionally tiring. For additional reading, please click here to view a blog that has tips and advice for managing grief and working through the bereavement process. Additionally, please click here to view a blog that addresses several instances of bereavement and has advice on how to manage grief.
Recent Blog Posts on Bereavement
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