Grief is the normal response of sorrow, confusion and loss that comes from losing someone or something important to you. People can feel grief upon losing a job, a pet, a friendship, a relationship or moving somewhere new as well as during the death of a loved one. Each grief is unique, just as each relationship is unique. There is no time-table on grief, because learning to live without the one you loved may be a lifelong process.
What are some normal reactions?
- Anger/ Irritability
- Fear or Guilt
- Denial or Disbelief
- Sleep difficulties/ Bad dreams
- Appetite changes
- Difficulties concentrating
- Feelings of social isolation
What can you do?
- Talk with a friend or loved one. Although it may feel as if no one can understand the feelings of loss you are experiencing, it is important to reach out to people who care about you to let them know how you're doing.
- Avoid alcohol or other substances.
- Get regular sleep and eat healthful, regular meals.
- Get regular exercise.
- Do one nice thing for yourself every day.
- Find ways to maintain connection with the individual you lost.
- Call us at 614-292-5766 to talk with a counselor.
Good Books to Read
- Beyond Grief: A Guide to Recovering From the Death of a Loved One, by C. Staudacher (1987).
- How to Go On Living When Someone You Love Dies, by T.A. Rando (1988).
- The Gift of Grief: Healing the Pain of Everyday Losses, by J.J. Tanner (1976).
- When Bad Things Happen to Good People, by H.S. Kushner (1981).
- Healing After the Suicide of a Loved One, by A. Smolin and J. Guinan (1993).
- Necessary Losses, by J. Viorst (1986).
- A journey Through Grief, by A.R. Bozarth (1990).