Loss of a Loved One, Grief and Bereavement

June 4, 2010 at 10:20 pm Leave a comment

When people lose someone they love, it is normal for a period of grief to follow.  Bereavement is the process of grieving, and each person’s experience is unique.

The terms grief, mourning, and bereavement are often used interchangeably; however, they mean different things. Grief is a person’s response to the experience of loss. Mourning is the outward expression of that grief, and is influenced by cultural, religious customs, and rituals surrounding death. Mourning is also defined as the process of adapting and adjusting to the loss.  Bereavement is a term that overall refers to the state of having suffered a loss and the experiences that follow the death of a loved one.

The grief and bereavement process usually happens in stages. The better we understand these stages the easier it is to prepare for them. There are certain steps a person can take to help make the process of grief and bereavement less overwhelming.

  1. To accept the reality of the loss
  2. To experience the pain of grief
  3. To adjust to an environment in which the deceased individual is missing
  4. To reinvest emotional energy in other activities

These steps aren’t meant to completely take away the feelings from the loss; however, they can help the process of coping with the depression and painful emotions that come with the passing of a loved one.

It is important to weigh all factors when preparing to cope with the loss of a loved one. . We want anyone who is going through the process of loss from cancer to know that they are not alone. There are extensive resources available for support to make the process easier. At Ronnie Lippin Cancer Information and Resource Line our social worker is standing by to assist you with providing the necessary referrals to help you get through this very difficult time.

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