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Mental Health ResourcesGrief & Loss

Grief support groups can be a great way to feel less alone in your grieving journey. Find local grief groups here. Grief is most commonly associated with the loss of a loved one. You can also experience it after a drastic change in your life that completely flips your life upside down.

Grief & Loss Symptoms

  1. Intense sorrow, pain and rumination over the loss.

  2. Focus on little else but your loved one's death.

  3. Extreme focus on reminders of the loved one or excessive avoidance of reminders.

  4. Numbness or detachment, isolation.

  5. Feeling that life holds no meaning or purpose.

  6. Lack of trust in others.

  7. Having trouble carrying out normal routines.

  1. Shock, disbelief, or denial.

  2. Anxiety

  3. Distress

  4. Anger

  5. Periods of sadness.

  6. Loss of sleep and appetite.

Grief & Loss Resources

How to Cope After the Loss of a Loved One

Some actions you can take to help you cope with feelings of grief after the loss of a loved include from the CDC:

  • Connecting with other people
    • Invite people to call you or host conference calls with family members and friends to stay connected.
    • Ask family and friends to share stories and pictures with you via mailed letters, email, phone, or video chat or via apps or social media that allow groups to share with each other (e.g., group chat, group messaging, Facebook).
    • Coordinate a date and time for family and friends to honor your loved one by reciting a selected poem, spiritual reading, or prayer within their own households.
  • Creating memories or rituals.
    • Develop a virtual memory book, blog, or webpage to remember your loved one, and ask family and friends to contribute their memories and stories.
    • Take part in an activity, such as planting a tree or preparing a favorite meal, that has significance to you and the loved one who died.
  • Asking for help from others
    • Seek out grief counseling or mental health services, support groups, or hotlines, especially those that can be offered over the phone or online.
    • Seek spiritual support from faith-based organizations, including your religious leaders and congregations, if applicable.
    • Seek support from other trusted community leaders and friends.

How to Cope After Other Types of Loss or Change

Here are some ways to cope with feelings of grief from the CDC:

  • Acknowledge your losses and your feelings of grief.
    • Find ways to express your grief. Some people express grief and find comfort through art, writing, talking to friends or family, cooking, music, gardening or other creative practices.
  • Consider developing new rituals in your daily routine to stay connected with your loved ones to replace those that have been lost.
    • People who live together may consider playing board games and exercising together outdoors.
    • People who live alone or are separated from their loved ones may consider interacting through phone calls and apps that allow for playing games together virtually.
  • If you are worried about future losses, try to stay in the present and focus on aspects of your life that you have control over right now.

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