Self-Help Tips to Cope with Grief and Loss

Grieving can be done in many different ways, regardless of the type of loss you have suffered. You can find healthier ways to cope with grief if you understand the stages and types of grief.

Grief: What is it?

We grieve when we lose someone we love. When you lose someone or something you love, you feel emotional suffering. Loss often feels overwhelming. From shock or anger to disbelief, guilt, and deep sadness, you may experience all kinds of difficult and unexpected emotions. You may also have trouble sleeping, eating, or even thinking clearly due to grief. Grief is a natural reaction to loss – and the greater the loss, the greater the intensity of it.

One of the biggest challenges in life is dealing with the loss of someone or something you love.
Even slight losses in life can trigger grief. When you move away from home, graduate from college, or change jobs, you might grieve.

Regardless of what you lost, you are entitled to mourn it. Avoid feeling ashamed when you grieve or thinking that only certain losses can be mourned. Grieving the loss of someone, an animal, a relationship, or a situation that was significant to you is natural. You have the choice to cope with your grief in a way that helps you come to terms with your loss, find meaning in it, and ultimately move on.