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Dr. Lily Bhattacharya
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Bereavement (Overview)

Bereavement a state of mourning and sadness and it is a normal response to tragedy or loss.


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Any tips for bereavement?

Any tips for bereavement?

Bereavement is : A natural response to loss. There is no single way to grieve, but many people go through stages of shock & denial, anger, bargaining, depression, and acceptance. Talking to caring, supportive, empathic people is most helpful. Numbing your feelings with alcohol, drugs or denial is not helpful. Hospice, support groups and mental health professionals can be very helpful if you feel overwhelmed. ...Read more

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Dr. Lily Bhattacharya
157 doctors shared insights

Bereavement (Overview)

Bereavement a state of mourning and sadness and it is a normal response to tragedy or loss.


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How can you recover from a sudden shock of bereavement?

How can you recover from a sudden shock of bereavement?

Self - care: I am sorry for your loss. Shock is one of the stages of grieving. You will likely experience other feelings as your grieving progresses. It is important to allow yourself to feel the feelings as they come up. It is painful but a necessity. Encourage you to share with friends, family or clergy. If a person becomes 'stuck' then counseling is an option. Take good care of yourself. Get 8 hours of. ...Read more

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How can I help someone through a very long bereavement?

How can I help someone through a very long bereavement?

Support & love: Just be supportive and loving... Know that he/she will move forward in their grief and vibrate that hope and knowing to your friend. You could also lovingly recommend grief counseling; it is most helpful when bereavement seems complicated and one feels stuck. ...Read more

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Can you tell me stages of bereaving and bereavement cards?

5 stages.: Dr. Elizabeth Kubler-Ross talked about the 5 stages of grief and not always in chronological order. Sometimes people get stuck in one stage or go back to the previous stage, back and forth: Denial, bargaining, anger, depression and resolution. I am not sure what you want to know about bereavement cards. People send them to express their condolences to the bereave and share your loss. ...Read more

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What to expect from bereavement counseling?

Facilitates process: Education about the stages of grief, + support and validation about your emotional process, + assistance getting "unstuck" if "stuck" in a "complicated bereavement". Once unstuck, the psyche/spirit has an innate/natural ability to grieve, heal and move into acceptance. ...Read more

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How to cope with intense grief and bereavement?

How to cope with intense grief and bereavement?

Don't stop reaching out.: Don't stop reaching out. Trying to ignore your pain or keep it from surfacing just makes it harder in the long run. For true healing, it is necessary to face your grief & actively deal with it. Grief is a roller coaster. Don't let anyone tell you how to feel. Care for your physical health. Express yourself creatively in writing, song or art. Join a support group, find a counselor, keep trying. ...Read more

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What can be expected from bereavement counselling?

What can be expected from bereavement counselling?

Depend on the source: Each counselor will be different and what you bring matters too. Certainly, the focus will start with your loss. It will include attention to your vision of the path you wish to travel toward coming to terms with the loss and moving comfortably ahead with life. Choose the counselor with care so that you'll have confidence and will work well together w/ respect to beliefs and trust. My condolences. ...Read more

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For how long is acceptable to take off work for bereavement by suicide?

For how long is acceptable to take off work for bereavement by suicide?

It depends: The length of time taken off after a death, depends on your workplace's guidelines. Each company or institution has its own. There may be leeway through your supervisors, and you would need to discuss with them. Loss of someone you love is difficult enough, but suicide brings even more complex emotions and effects. Please get professional support with this -- it really can help. Peace to you. ...Read more

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How do you tell the difference between adjustment disorder and normal bereavement?

How do you tell the difference between adjustment disorder and normal bereavement?

Impairment: Bereavement is a natural consequence of loss; it allows us to mourn that which we have lost and readjust our world view. Although it makes us sad and may disrupt sleep and concentration for a time, it has a pretty predictable course. Adjustment disorder is a reaction to some sort of situation that causes disturbances in mood and/or behavioral that causes problems for the person and others. ...Read more

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What's a bereavement program in a children's hospital?

What's a bereavement program in a children's hospital?

See below:: It usually is present to facilitate and support healthy grieving for patients, families, and significant others before, during, and after death, and to educate and support the staff who provide their care. It provides a clearing house for information, resources, and support regarding grief, loss, dying, and death. Support is available in a variety of ways for patients, families, and staff. ...Read more

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Can bereavement occur during the long goodbye of dementia?

Can bereavement occur during the long goodbye of dementia?

Yes: Dementia is very hard on the whole family. The patient initially feels very frustrated, but then later is not aware of the changes. However, loved ones see the same person, who will often need a lot of attention but not even recognize them. This can lead to a complicated bereavement. It is hard for others to understand that you are mourning someone still physically there, but it is common. ...Read more

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Could bereavement cause an eating disorder?

Could bereavement cause an eating disorder?

Someone may have: Disordered eating when grieving or depressed. Most often these symptoms resolve when the depression resolves or the person is not grieving as intensely. ...Read more

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Could a family bereavement cause an eating disorder?

Could a family bereavement cause an eating disorder?

Possibly: People react differently to a family bereavement. Most have grief ; are "simply" sad about the loss. Others may have a more serious depression or anxiety symptoms. Since eating disorders sometimes accompany depressed mood ; anxiety, this could also follow a bereavement. Also, some eating disorders seem related to psychological conflict; such conflicts may worsen during/after a loss. ...Read more

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Would a family bereavement cause an eating disorder?

Keep an open mind: Try to be careful about thinking in terms like "cause". A stressful event or can provoke a person into displaying symptoms that might not have been expressed otherwise. That is different from causation. Yes, death of an important person can expose powerful feelings. Eating is a very emotional thing in our society. In civilizations where eating is basic life support it may not happen. ...Read more

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Could an eating disorder be related to bereavement after losing someone?

Could an eating disorder be related to bereavement after losing someone?

Yes : But not in the way you would normally think about it. Grief and loss can be very powerful emotions. If you were trying to fix the feelings with food then this is emotional eating. If you continue to try to fill the emptiness with food then this can become a problem secondary to the grief itself. Treat the grief first by finding a good therapist who specializes in grief and bereavement. Many people. ...Read more

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Is it possible to develop depression without any bereavement or loss in your life? I can't describe how I feel other than being depressed.

Is it possible to develop depression without any bereavement or loss in your life? I can't describe how I feel other than being depressed.

Yes: How long you've felt depressed? Is it a new symptom or not? Start with medical eval to rule out any physical reasons for your feelings. Also, look at your environment and focus on your thought to help you become more aware of your feelings. By increasing awareness, you might be able to find triggers for your depression. Good Luck and be well! ...Read more

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Had.bereavement+own illness 2015. Got 200mg Sertraline. Had pneumonia, 2 mini strokes and now labyrinthitis 7 wks. V low mood. To be expected?

Had.bereavement+own illness 2015. Got 200mg Sertraline. Had pneumonia, 2 mini strokes and now labyrinthitis 7 wks. V low mood. To be expected?

Several health: conditions and a loss can result in reactive depression. This is a condition that happens in response to identifiable stress, which you obviously have. It normally resolves eventually but getting supportive psychotherapy can smooth the process out and perhaps speed it along. Staying in this condition is not to be expected. Please continue to see your doc. Peace and good health. ...Read more

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