Coping with Grief from the Loss of a Loved One [video]

By Roger Foisy on March 27th, 2013

Coping with the loss of a loved one can be one of the most difficult things that any of us have to go through in our lives. Particularly in the case of fatal accidents, when the loss is unexpected.

Our video today is a brief departure from issues of law, as we think it is important to provide help to those dealing with loss. Managing grief can be overwhelming, but it is essential to understand that the feelings you are experiencing are crucial for coping and for eventually finding closure. Grieving is a natural part of the healing process.

Experiencing a variety of emotions is normal and inevitable when coping with grief; feelings of sadness, regret, denial, anger, guilt, confusion, anxiousness, helplessness, loneliness, and isolation are all to be expected and accepted as part of the grieving process.

Grief manifests in both emotional and physical symptoms. Physically, it is completely normal to feel fatigued, lethargic, unable to sleep, and achy. Fluctuations in weight are also normal.

Once these emotional and physical symptoms are understood as part of the grieving process, they can be endured with patience. Self-blame and avoiding your emotions are destructive in these situations; if you are coping with grief, your priority must be to take care of yourself.

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