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Dealing with grief

Grief is a natural and normal reaction to loss. Everyone grieves in their own way. Love, anger, fear, despair, loneliness and guilt are all examples of emotions that are seen while grieving. Coping with the death of a loved one can be difficult. Here are some ways to help you deal with your pain.

  • Allow yourself to grieve. Accept the pain of your loss and try to live through it rather than avoid it.
  • Express your feelings. Seek out caring people who will listen and understand. Telling others how you are feeling will help.
  • Take care of your health. Be sure to eat well, exercise and get plenty of rest.
  • If possible, postpone making major changes, such as: moving, switching jobs, making financial decisions or discarding possessions. Give yourself time to adjust.
  • Be patient with yourself. It can take months or even years to work through a major loss in your life. There is no time table or real order to the grieving process.

People should not view grief as a sign of weakness or lack of faith. Grief can pop up suddenly without warning, even years down the road. Don't be afraid to ask for help.

Gundersen's Hospice program provides bereavement follow up for 13 months or longer. We can also assist you in locating other supportive services and groups as needed. Contact us with any questions or concerns.

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