How to Cope with Grief after Brain Injury

By Roger Foisy on October 17th, 2013

brain-injuryBrain injuries, even those classified as “mild” traumatic brain injuries (mTBI), can have significant short and long-term impacts on the injured person’s life and the lives of their loved ones.

It is completely normal and healthy to find yourself grieving after you or someone you are close to suffers from a brain injury. Grief and mourning are natural, important emotions. It is how we heal and are able to move forward after a loss. We grieve after events such as death, divorce, illness/injury, or even life transitions. 

Brain injuries come with many losses. The person with the injury may have difficulties with day-to-day activities, a change in personality, or an inability to handle the demands of work. The challenges and changes can alter lifestyle, physical abilities, emotional capacity, financial independence, and social interactions. Grief is a common way to respond to these major changes and losses.

Although grief is different for everyone, some of the emotions you may experience include:

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