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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, frustration, loneliness and guilt are all normal emotions during grief. People should not view grief as a sign of weakness or a lack of faith.

Even though everyone deals with grief in their own way, there are some ways to help get through it.

  • Acknowledge the loss.
  • Accept the pain of grief and try to live through it rather than avoid it.
  • Find a compassionate listener and share your thoughts and feelings.
  • Get some physical exercise.

It's important to remember to have reasonable expectations for yourself. The grieving process takes time and energy. Most people feel many different emotions and reactions. Grief can pop up suddenly without warning, even years down the road. Be patient with yourself and don't be afraid to ask for help.

Gundersen's Hospice program provides bereavement follow up for 13 months.

For additional resources, visit Grief & Bereavement.

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Every day, Gundersen Health System staff deliver great medicine plus a little something extra—we call it Love + Medicine.

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