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Tips for Individuals Struggling with Grief

The most important aspect for grieving people is learning to cope with their loss.

People who are grieving may need to keep certain coping tips in mind, including:

  • Avoid isolation
    • It is important for grieving people to talk to others and explain how they are feeling. They must not be afraid to ask for support.
  • Take care of physical health
    • People who are grieving still need to see a physician when feeling unwell. Most physical complications of grief can be eased by eating properly, exercising and getting plenty of rest.
  • Postpone major decisions when possible.
    • Grief may interfere with judgment. Major decisions may need to be postponed.

Tips for helping your loved ones cope with grief:

  • Listen
    • People who are grieving need to share their thoughts and feelings with others.
  • Do not offer false comfort
    • Comments such as “He’s in a better place now” or “At least she’s not suffering anymore” often do not help and may make the grieving person feel even worse.
  • Offer practical help
    • Grieving individuals may benefit from assistance with household chores or errands.

Tips to help children cope with grief include:

  • Answer questions simply and honestly
    • Children’s questions should be answered truthfully in terms the children can understand. Adults who try to protect children from the truth about death may actually do more harm.
  • Maintain regular routines as often as possible
    • Children need structure and routine. Though a loss may necessitate a change in structure, maintaining routines as much as possible can help children come to terms with the loss.

Other Useful Links regarding Grief

  • Overview of Grief
  • How long does grief last?
    • People grieve for different periods of time and in different stages. Read more about how long grief lasts.
  • Types of Grief
    • Read more about the various types of grief that include nonfinite, anticipatory, anniversary reactions, and complicated grief.
  • Signs and Symptoms of Grief
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