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Understanding Grief

Updated: Jan 24

Introduction

Grief is a natural process that allows you to accept the death of a loved one or something else significant, like a job or relationship. Grief can be overwhelming, but there's no reason to suffer alone. There are ways to address grief in healthy and unhealthy ways that can ultimately lead to healing.

Grief can be an endless cycle of pain and anger, so having a support group is a good thing.

Grief is a normal, natural response to loss. It can be an endless cycle of pain and anger, but there are ways to cope with it. Having a support group can help you find ways to cope with your grief.
Grief is the process by which an individual comes to terms with the death of a loved one or struggles through other types of losses such as divorce, job loss, and identity change. This process includes both emotional and physical reactions that may last for weeks, months, or longer depending on how close you were to the person who died or how long they had been sick before passing away. Grief affects each person differently so no one knows exactly how someone else will react after experiencing this type of loss; however, there are some common responses:
Crying uncontrollably
A feeling like part of yourself has died along with someone else
Feelings about life being meaningless without them in it (if they were young)
Staying away from people/places where memories would trigger painful emotions

Grief doesn't have to be overwhelming.

Grief is a normal response to loss. It doesn't have to be overwhelming, but you may feel overwhelmed if you have never experienced it before or if the loss was sudden and unexpected. You may also feel overwhelmed if the person has been sick for a long time or if other major life changes are happening at the same time as the death of your loved one (wedding, graduation).
The best way to cope with grief is by finding ways that work for you! For example:
Find people who understand what you're going through and connect with them regularly - this could include friends or family members who were close to your loved one too
Try new activities that keep your mind off of things (like playing basketball) or doing something fun that reminds you of times spent together (like watching movies)

A loss can change the way you see things.

You may find that you are no longer as interested in activities or people who used to be important to you, and this may be hard for those around you to understand. For example, if your spouse was a great cook and made delicious meals for the family every night, it could almost seem like life has ended when that no longer happens. You also might feel like other people don't understand how much pain is still present even though time has passed since their loved one died. It's normal for people to expect that after time has passed—and after some grieving—a person will get back into a routine with life again. But grief doesn't work like this; instead, grief comes in waves that can sweep over us unexpectedly at any moment during our days or nights when we least expect them (and sometimes even when we do expect them).

There is more than one type of loss.

The first thing to know about grief is that it comes in many forms. You may experience the loss of a loved one, a job, an important relationship, your home, or other possessions. You may also feel grief over the loss of your pet or even a memory of something that's no longer present in your life.
Grief can be a long process—it doesn't just go away after a couple of months or years. Grieving means allowing yourself time to process what has happened and feeling all of the feelings that come with it: sadness, anger, loneliness, and more. It helps if you can find someone who will listen when you need someone just to be there for you without judging how much time is appropriate for grieving different types of losses; this person could be friends or family members but might also be a support group.

What you're grieving will depend on how it happened, who died, and how you feel about them.

How you're grieving will depend on how the loss happened, who died and how you feel about them.
You may be feeling a sense of shock or disbelief. Or perhaps you're experiencing guilt and shame (especially if you think it's your fault). You could also be facing feelings of anger, resentment, rage, or depression. It's important to acknowledge all these emotions because they can help with the healing process if they're dealt with appropriately.

There are ways to address grief in healthy and unhealthy ways.

There are many ways to address grief in unhealthy and healthy ways. You may feel the need to avoid or ignore your feelings, but it is important that you don't try to hide from them. It is also important not to take on too much responsibility for the loss of a loved one, as doing so can lead to depression and other negative emotions. In addition, blaming yourself for something you did or did not do will only cause more pain, which can make it harder for you to heal after loss.
Try not to bottle up your feelings either; this will only cause them to build up and become stronger until they explode outward in an angry outburst or an uncontrollable crying spell that leaves both parties feeling worse than before.

Friends and family members often don't understand loss, so they say hurtful things that make matters worse.

When a loved one dies, friends and family often don't understand what's happening. They don't know how to help you through the grieving process and may say things that hurt more than they help. The best thing to do is listen to their concerns and try to find ways for them to be supportive of you.
Friends are often scared of saying the wrong thing because they don't want to make matters worse by offending or upsetting you further. They may say things like "I'm so sorry" or "It will get better." These are perfectly okay things for them to say, but sometimes it can make it seem like they think your loss is a bad thing instead of just part of life — which isn't what you're feeling at all!

You don't have to suffer alone with grief or trauma problems without the help of others

Grief is a normal reaction to loss. It's also overwhelming and can have a significant impact on your life. If you are grieving a loss or struggling with trauma-related issues, it's important to know that you don't have to suffer alone without the help of others. A support group can be helpful for many people in dealing with grief or trauma problems, whether they're related to another person dying or something else such as abuse or assault.
A support group is just what it sounds like: a group of people who come together because they share common experiences or interests to provide mutual understanding and aid each other in their daily lives. They may meet regularly at fixed times and locations—for example, once per week at The Local Coffee Shop—or they may simply meet whenever necessary for help with an issue that arises between meetings (e.g., "I can't stop crying every time I think about my dad dying; does anyone want some ice cream?"). There are many different types of support groups available depending on what kind of problem someone wants assistance with; www.scottdonovanlmft.com


Conclusion

In conclusion, grief is something that everyone deals with at some point in their lives. It can be an overwhelming process if you're not prepared for it or if you don't have support from others. If you're dealing with someone who has experienced a loss and needs help coping, please reach out to us so we can provide them with resources that will help them get through this difficult time.
You can send us an email at information@scottdonovanlmft.com or call 760-961-5370.
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