Loss is a natural part of life. The loss of an individual such as a family member or friend can be quite intense and sometimes leads to depression. During the grief process, individuals can work through feelings and remember their loved one. The grief experience is unique as is how one copes with their loss. Recovery occurs with social support and healthy habits. A difficult relationship is a factor that impacts one from adjusting to a loss. Most importantly, many individuals can overcome loss. Individuals who have difficulty moving on with their life after a prolonged period may be experiencing complicated grief. The American Psychological Association (2011) suggests strategies to make meaning of the loss: talk about the death of your loved one, accept your feelings, take care of yourself and your family, reach out and help others dealing with the loss, and remember and celebrate the lives of your loved ones.
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Author: Melissa Genn, MS, LBS
American Psychological Association (2011). Grief: Coping with the loss of your loved one. Retrieved from https://www.apa.org/helpcenter/grief.aspx