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Title: Notes on Grief


1
Notes on Grief Loss
2
Grief
  • A natural response to any loss or difficult
    change
  • Experienced by all people
  • Expressed in varying ways

3
Types of Losses
  • Death of a loved one
  • Separation or divorce
  • Miscarriage
  • Illness, injury, or disability
  • Loss of job, property or pet
  • Children leaving home (empty nest syndrome)
  • Health
  • Loss of safety after a traumatic event
  • Moving
  • Graduation
  • Retiring

4
  • Realize that you will recover grow to be a
    stronger person
  • Be a support person to someone else who is
    grieving

5
Five Stages of Loss by Elizabeth Kubler-Ross
1. Denial deny the loss, have a feeling of
numbness
  • 2. Anger feeling of being cheated or treated
    unfairly

3. Bargaining feeling that if you had done
something differently things would be different,
or the take me instead perception
6
  • 4. Depression - may have little interest in life
    or feeling unable to complete or engage in simple
    tasks

5. Acceptance transition toward life as it has
changed
5 4 3 2 1
7
Coping Mechanisms
  • Let yourself feel the pain and emotions.
  • Be patient with the process
  • Crying/Expression of feelings
  • Try to maintain your normal lifestyle
  • Attend Funeral/Memorial Svc
  • Support Groups/People

8
  • Journals/Letters
  • Be artistic
  • Rest
  • Nutrition
  • Plan ahead for grief triggers.

9
Comforting the Grieving Person
  • Be there physically, call, write, or send
    flowers
  • Offer encouragement help them stay active, and
    moving forward in healing
  • Help with Daily activities- volunteer to do yard
    work, shopping, errands or housework
  • Give reassurance without minimizing the loss

10
  • Be a good listener
  • Help with letters offer to write thank you
    notes or letters to insurance companies
    creditors
  • Lend a hand with meals
  • Answer the phone

11
What to Say
  • I'm sorry
  • I'm sad for you
  • How are you doing with all this?
  • I don't know why it happened
  • What can I do for you?
  • I'm here and I want to listen
  • Please tell me what you are feeling
  • This must be hard for you
  • What's the hardest part for you?
  • I'll call you tomorrow (and do it!)
  • You must really be hurting
  • It isn't fair, is it?
  • You must really feel angry
  • Take all the time you need
  • Thank you for sharing your feelings
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