Coping with Grief
Most of us will deal with grief in our lifetimes. It is a natural response to the loss of someone or something close to us. These losses can include: the death or separation of a loved one, losing a job, death or loss of a pet, and many other changes in life such as divorce, becoming an “empty nester,” or retirement. Anyone can experience grief and loss, but each person is unique in how he or she copes with these feelings.
Some responses are healthy coping mechanisms, while others may hinder the grieving process. The acknowledgment of grief, time, and support facilitates the grieving process, allowing an opportunity for a person to appropriately mourn a loss and then heal.