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Grief: Coping With Grief


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Actionsets help people take an active role in managing a health condition.   Grief: Coping With Grief

Key points

Actionsets help people take an active role in managing a health condition.  What can I expect during grieving?
Actionsets help people take an active role in managing a health condition.  Why is it important to grieve?
Actionsets help people take an active role in managing a health condition.  How can I manage my grief?
Actionsets help people take an active role in managing a health condition.  Where to go from here

What? - What is the medical information or key concepts related to the action?  What can I expect during grieving?

Feelings of grief vary depending on your personality, past experiences, the length of time that has passed since your loss, and the personal importance of that loss to you. After losing a loved one, the nature of your past relationship will also affect the way you grieve. When grieving, it is normal to:

As you recognize each feeling and accept it, you become able to work through the feeling and heal your emotional distress. Your personality, coping style, and past experiences influence how you deal with your feelings.

A broad range of feelings are expected during the grieving process. If you are concerned that your feelings may be too painful or unusual, talk with a mental health professional experienced in grief counseling.

Test Your Knowledge

  1. Feeling oversensitive is common when grieving.

    1. True

      This answer is correct.

      Feeling oversensitive is common when grieving. During this time, people are often oversensitive to the behaviors of others.

    2. False

      This answer is incorrect.

      Feeling oversensitive is common when grieving. During this time, people are often oversensitive to the behaviors of others.


  2. Dealing with grief means accepting your feelings, even though they may be painful.

    1. True

      This answer is correct.

      Dealing with grief means accepting and handling your feelings, even though they may be painful.

    2. False

      This answer is incorrect.

      Dealing with grief means accepting and handling your feelings, even though they may be painful.


Why? - Why the action is important?  Why is it important to grieve?

The grieving process is a way to work through your loss. Successfully dealing with your feelings helps you adjust to your loss, eventually stop yearning for what you have lost, and return to your normal daily activities. Grieving a major loss may help you grow emotionally. You may learn something new about yourself. For example, you may learn that you have more inner strength than you thought you had.

Test Your Knowledge

  1. The grieving process:

    1. May teach you something new about yourself.

      This answer is correct.

      The grieving process may teach you something new about yourself. All answers are correct.

    2. Is a way to accept a loss.

      This answer is correct.

      The grieving process is a way to help you accept your loss. It also may teach you something new about yourself and help you mature emotionally. All answers are correct.

    3. Helps you grow emotionally.

      This answer is correct.

      The grieving process helps you grow emotionally. It is also a way to help you accept your loss. In addition, it may teach you something new about yourself. All answers are correct.


How? - Learn the steps involved in taking action.  How can I manage my grief?

Identify your feelings

Sometimes after a loss, it is hard to figure out exactly what you are feeling. You may have several feelings at the same time or conflicting feelings, such as sadness and relief. Writing is a good way to identify what you are feeling. Writing about what you feel can:

When you are ready:

Accept your feelings

Handling difficult feelings

Each person handles emotion differently. Here are some ideas about how to deal with some of the most common feelings during the grieving process:

Test Your Knowledge

  1. A good way to deal with your feelings of emotional distress related to grief is to:

    1. Express your emotions.

      This answer is correct.

      A good way to deal with your feelings of emotional distress is to express your emotions. It is also good to be patient and kind with yourself and talk with other people about how you feel. All answers are correct.

    2. Talk with other people about how you feel.

      This answer is correct.

      A good way to deal with your feelings of emotional distress is to talk with other people about how you are feeling. It is also good to be patient and kind to yourself and express your emotions. All answers are correct.

    3. Be patient and kind to yourself.

      This answer is correct.

      A good way to deal with your feelings of emotional distress is to be patient and kind to yourself. It is also good to express your feelings and talk with other people about how you are feeling. All answers are correct.


Where? - Other resources and organizations that can help you take action.  Where to go from here

Now that you have read this information, you can better identify and cope with the feelings you are experiencing while grieving a major loss.

Talk with a health professional

If you have questions about this information, take it with you when you visit your health professional. You may want to use a highlighter to mark areas or make notes in the margins of the pages where you have questions.

Credits for Grief: Coping With Grief

By Healthwise Staff
Primary Medical Reviewer Anne C. Poinier, MD - Internal Medicine
Specialist Medical Reviewer Sidney Zisook, MD - Psychiatry
Last Revised October 17, 2011

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