How can I deal with a recent or inevitable loss?

Your feelings of grief, or the anticipation of loss, can make you feel like life is out of control. You may feel like others are judging how you are feeling and have expectations about how long those feelings should last.

Everyone’s experience with loss is unique; however, it is not unusual for you to experience any of the following:

  • Physical – fatigue, over-sensitivity, muscle soreness, appetite changes, shaking, head or stomach ache, sweating
  • Mental – confusion, sensing the presence of the deceased, hallucinations, feeling out of touch with reality
  • Spiritual – anger at God, emptiness, searching for meaning, unable to forgive
  • Emotional – anger, anxiety, guilt, helplessness, sadness or depression, shock, powerlessness, feeling like you are going crazy
  • Behavioral – avoidance, crying, dreaming, restlessness, disorganization, withdrawal, impulsive decision making

Grief support provides insight, education and encouragement that will help you adjust to life after the loss of a loved one. Resources to help you include:

  • Supportive phone calls
  • One-on-one meetings with a bereavement counselor
  • Organized support groups

Lean on the experts in grief and loss to help you identify and cope with your varying emotions at this important time.

Learn more about how expert bereavement counselors can help you adjust to life without a loved one.