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How to Deal with Grief

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by Loni Joy (subscribe)
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Published April 23rd 2013
Morbid topic for most of us, but you just never know when it's going to hit and let's face it - it most certainly will at some stage of our lives.

Sadness Unfolds
Something we all experience
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Sadness and grief is a part of the human condition. We are all going to experience it, so what do we do, how do we react when hits with this sometimes unexpected news?

I first experienced grief at 14, (family friend) but again at 19 (brother). My brother's death was akin to somebody pulling the rug out from underneath me, and so, I know the different stages of grief and the massive impact that it can have on our lives.

I can tell you this succinctly grief will;

challenge who you are - and who you think you are.

show you your weaknesses and strengths.

reveal your true friends .

change your life and how you view things & may lead you towards a pathway of seeking answers, of the deep and meaningful kind.

Death - the leveller

Elizabeth Kubler Ross was an American doctor who made a huge impact on the way the medical profession viewed the dying.

She said that the stages of grief are:
Denial, Anger, Bargaining, Depression and Acceptance.

Nothing is set in stone and this isn't the whole list of emotions (there could be more) but it does serve as a guide.

Now, the above, can be true of people diagnosed with a terminal disease, someone who is estranged from a family member, or someone who has lost a loved one or 'simply' lost all their possessions?

Expand yourself
Allow the good in ...

And so, on a lighter note, what can we do to help ourselves?

We can :
natures healer
Immerse yourself in nature

See the beauty in simple things.

Cry our tears and let them wash away.

Reach out to someone who will understand.

Join a support group to connect with like minded people.

Spend time in nature, write in a diary.

Choose to hang with supportive and loving people.

Help others in need.

Look after ourselves and remember to eat nourishing food, because at the end of the day, we are no use to anyone if we flatline....

healthy food
Nourish your body in times of stress

There is no 'one way' or 'easy way' to deal with grief, but if we can understand a few simple tips, perhaps we can help someone else in need when the time comes, as well as ourselves.
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