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Understanding Grief What is Grief?

Grief is the normal response of sorrow, emotion, and confusion that comes from losing someone or something important to you. It is a natural part of life. Grief is a typical emotional, physical, and spiritual reaction to death, divorce, job loss, a move away from family and friends, loss of good health due to illness, or a breakup of an intimate relationship..

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Understanding Grief What is Grief?






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Understanding GriefSlide2

What is Grief?

Grief is the normal response of sorrow, emotion, and confusion that comes from losing someone or something important to you. It is a natural part of life. Grief is a typical emotional, physical, and spiritual reaction to death, divorce, job loss, a move away from family and friends, loss of good health due to illness, or a breakup of an intimate relationship.Slide3

How Does Grief Feel?

Just after a death or loss, you may feel empty and numb, as if you are in shock.

May experience physical changes: trembling, nausea, trouble breathing, muscle weakness, dry mouth, or trouble sleeping and eating.

May experience feelings of anger or guilt

Guilt is often expressed as “I could have, I should have, and I wish I would have…” statements

May have strange dreams or nightmares, be absent-minded, withdraw socially, or lack the desire to return to workSlide4

How Long Does

Grief Last

?

Grief lasts as long as it takes you to accept and learn to live with your loss. For some people, grief lasts a few months. For others, grieving may take years.

The length of time spent grieving is different for each person. The time spent grieving also depends on your relationship with the person lost (in the case of death) and how prepared you were for the loss.Slide5

How Will I Know When I’m Done Grieving?

Every person who experiences a death or other loss goes through a grieving process which can be summed up in 4-steps:

Accept the loss

Work through and feel the physical and emotional pain of grief

Adjust to living in a world without the person or lost item

Move on with life

The grieving process is typically over when one completes the 4 steps

.Slide6

What If These Feelings Won’t Go Away?

If you recently experienced a death or other loss, feelings of grief are a normal reaction. But if these feelings persist, ask for help.

Grief can lead to depression.Slide7

Why Talk With

the CMHC ?

If

you are having feelings, thoughts, or behaviors that seem to get in the way of your success, your CMHC may be able to help you figure out why.

If you have a mental health condition, your CMHC can help you determine if you need additional assistance or qualify for accommodations. Accommodations are things like extra breaks or a shortened training day to help manage mental health symptoms.Slide8

How Do I Help Someone Who is Grieving?

Tip 1: Listen with compassion.

Tip 2: Offer practical assistance.

Tip 3: Provide ongoing support.

Tip 4: Watch for warning signs.

Tip 5: Be aware of local resources (support

groups

) that may be able to support

your

friend in ways you can not.Slide9

Questions?Slide10

Sources

http://

www.samhsa.gov/MentalHealth/Anxiety_Grief.pdf

http://

www.helpguide.org/mental/helping_grieving.htm