what is grief and how can one cope with it
When we hear about a person's demise, our natural reaction is to feel sad or unhappy. People grieve over different kinds of symbolic losses such as divorce, unrequited love, break-up in a relationship or discovering that a loved one has mental illness etc. Grief throws up a complex set of emotions that us help adapt to the loss. Coping with grief is a difficult but necessary process. There are however no definite methods of how one should grieve or for how long.
Feelings that can be experienced during grief
Coping with grief
Grief is a painful but is a necessary process to restore the person to health. Cultural or customary practices and ceremonies give people an opportunity to mourn, and get closure. Every person is unique and differs in the way they experience and cope with grief. A person experiencing grief needs to cope with three different aspects:
Sometimes we end up either denying or glossing over their feelings and even talk about the events in a matter-of-fact manner. While moving on with one’s life is vital, it is equally important to give oneself the time and space to grieve. When grief is not expressed, it can lead to a physical or emotional distress. For instance:
It is important for people to experience the natural process of grief rather than to suppress or deny it. Grief counseling helps facilitate the grieving process. It involves identifying the emotions experienced, helping the person express these emotions, and moving on in an adaptive and healthy manner.
Some ways to cope with the death of a loved one
This article has been written based on inputs from Dr Veena A S, assistant professor, department of clinical psychology, NIMHANS