Coping with Loss, Grieving, and Bereavement

Overview

Published: 02/12/2011

by FHR Staff

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Coping with the loss of a loved one is very difficult. The task of sending out bereavement cards and bereavement flowers makes even the strongest family members and friends experience strong feelings. At a time when emotions run high and motivation is low, dealing with the issues of a bereavement death often bring unwelcome bouts of depression, which need to be handled quickly.

There are many support groups available for those coping with loss that offer help to the family and friends of the person who has passed on. Many local and state agencies offer services to aid in dealing with the myriad of emotions that come with such loss, often in the form of grief counseling.

In addition, church organizations offer excellent sources of support for handling the pain associated with the loss of a loved one. A church offers a place where people can find peace of mind to say prayers in private. A trusted pastor or priest is another caring person who offers comfort and answers questions.

Oftentimes in this busy world, people simply try not to deal with the sad moments in life. They bottle up their emotions, rather than let them out, most often experiencing a form of depression. Without treatment, depression is often dangerous, so it is important to pay attention to how friends and family cope with loss and intervene if necessary.

A person coping with loss should not be afraid to show how they feel, nor afraid to speak what is on his or her mind. A good friend will listen, offer condolences and be the strong shoulder that is needed during this difficult time. A friend does not need to be an expert in dealing with loss but rather a comforting person willing to listen.

Dealing with the many tasks of losing a loved often puts a heavy weight on the shoulders of the family. Condolences help to take some of that weight away but the pain is always there. Simply sitting down and listening, letting them cry if they feel the need or just giving them a hug is the best possible way to help people start to heal.