Coping With Grief
Coping with grief
Here are some things to remember:
- There is no finish line. This is not a race. Grief has its own timespan, unique to you.
- There is no timeframe when pain and grief are completed.
- What will and can happen as you allow your grief, is that you will learn to live differently with pain.
- Anger will happen. So will fear, peace, joy, guilt, confusion, and a range of other emotions. You should expect a variety of intense emotions, often several of them at once.
- You will be exhausted from grief.
- Grief can make you feel crazy. This does not mean you are crazy.
- There is no way to do grief "wrong." It may be painful, but it is never wrong.
- Everyone grieves differently.
- You may experience physical symptoms from your grief.
- You grieve because you love and love is a part of you. Love changes, but does not end.
Suggested resources - books:
- A Time To Grieve: Carol Staudacher
- Empty Cradle, Broken Heart: Deborah L. Davis, PhD
- Healing Your Grieving Heart: Alan D. Wolfelt, PhD
- Heaven: Randy Alcorn
- I Wasn't Ready To Say Goodbye: Pamela Blair PhD & Brook Noel
- The Tender Scar: Richard L. Mabry
- Memories Of My Sister: Dealing With Sudden Death: Linda Rener, MPH, MSN, RN
- Living with Loss, One Day at a Time: Rachel Kodanaz