YOUR LIFE NEED NOT BE CRIPPLED BY YOUR GRIEF, although in the beginning it feels that way. A few sessions with a professionally trained grief counselor can help you resolve any disabling issues (i.e. anger, panic, guilt, despair, revenge, fear or any other issues that limit your functioning).


ACCEPT THE GRIEF – Roll with the waves of grief, do not feel you need to be brave. Take time to cry. This applies to men and women.

PURPOSEFUL WORK – Keeping busy in frantic activity is not helpful, however doing purposeful work that occupies your mind can be helpful.

TAKE CARE OF YOUR PHYSICAL NEEDS – Eating well, exercising regularly and resting periodically can all help restore your bodys physical needs.

JOIN A GROUP OF OTHERS WHO ARE MOURNING – Your circle of friends may have changed for now, and you will need new friends who understand the experience you have been through.

POSTPONE MAJOR DECISIONS – It is difficult to concentrate and make decisions when we have suffered a loss. Hold off any major decisions until a time when you feel more like yourself.

KEEP A JOURNAL – If inclined toward writing, keeping a journal will help get your thoughts and feelings out. It also records your progress.

TAKE ADVANTAGE OF YOUR RELIGIOUS AFFILIATION – Keeping this connection, or if you have been inactive, reconnecting with your faith may be comforting, both in the relationships and in the teachings.