Dealing with Grief: What You Can Do
Grief is a natural reaction to the death of someone you love. This loss can be very painful, and while there is no right or wrong way to grieve, there are positive ways to cope with the pain. These suggestions may help you in coming to terms with the death of a loved one:
- Don’t isolate. Try to stay involved and participate in activities with others. Ask for support if you need it.
- Don’t ruminate. Allow yourself time for pleasurable activities and thoughts.
- Adapt. Try to find new behaviors and ways of relating to other people that reflect your new circumstances.
- Don’t establish rules for yourself. There is no right way or wrong way to mourn.
- Take note of your progress. Be aware that you are moving forward, even if in small steps, and get help if you are not.
- Seek professional help if you need it.
The information on this website should be used only in a general sense to help you understand the grief process people typically undergo before and after death. It should not be used as a substitute for professional guidance or counseling.
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