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.

Others can provide the support you need during your difficult time. Some ways that you can release your emotions positively and/or reach out to others include:

    • Reconnect with people who are close to you. Your close friends and family will provide invaluable caring and nurturing.
    • Share your experience with support groups. They provide a non-judgmental space where you can feel comfortable opening up. 
    • Engage in journaling to help detail your daily feelings. This will allow you to release emotions and work through your thoughts.
    • Revisit your spiritual or religious beliefs. Your beliefs may give you comfort and understanding.
    • Speak to grief counselors. A grief counselor can help you with coping strategies and accepting your emotions.
    • Seek out experienced mental health professionals. If you are not able to cope with your loss in a healthy way, a mental health professional can give you guidance for working through your grief.

We encourage anyone who is dealing with the loss of a loved one to visit the Canadian Mental Health Association for more resources.

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