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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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