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Grief Reaction In Children
Grief reaction I lost my brother in February 2016 and my mom passed away in February 2017. How can I help my father with the grief we r both going thr?
Grief is a normal reaction to a major loss, and is full of unhappiness and emotional pain. Events causing grief include the end of a significant personal relationship, the death of a loved one, or another traumatic life-changing event. Each person feels grief in his own way, but there are common stages to grieving. The process begins with recognizing a loss and continues over time until a person ...Read more
Don't force agenda. Children grieve their own timetable. They may be playing happily one minute, & ready to talk the next.
Let child pick communication style. Some kids prefer to let puppets or stuffed animals "talk" it out for them. Some express in art. Talking may be easier while walking, looking through pictures.
Answer the question, even if it is a really hard one
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How is complicated grief defined? Lost mom to brain cancer abt 9 yrs ago & still have occasional sad times as a result. Is that a normal response?
Sounds normal: This is pathological if and only if you find yourself unable to function because of your sorrow. If the latter is the case, a short course of cognitive-behavioral therapy or similar insight-type therapy may be in order. Since you recognize this may be problematic, you have insight and motivation, and your prognosis would be good. ...Read more
Allow feelings: A lot of people try to suppress feelings of loss, but this does not help process grief. Accept help and support from family and community. A memorial service sharing stories of the deceased can help. Let yourself weep, if it comes. Accept hugs; give hugs. Listen to music. Listen to others who are missing the same person. Take walks, get good rest. Feed self well. Massage can help nurture. ...Read more
Time for support: Grief needs community in which to express and heal. This means friends, loved ones, grief support groups, and sometimes professional counseling/psychotherapy if grief gets "stuck." conflicted relationships with the deceased in life, may lead to more difficult grief work after death. It can help to share stories about the deceased with others who also knew him/her. Ceremonies can be healing too. ...Read more
Get support: I'm so sorry to hear about your husband's death. Grief is a complicated process, especially when a spouse has died. There are support groups which can help immensely, and are led by an expert in grief counseling. Also, get the support of your family. No one can understand what you are going through except other widows, but your family can be there for you. ...Read more
Multiple uses: I talk about the 5 stages all the time! The 5 stages of grief can apply to any area of life in which you feel a major loss. Health, relationships, independence, etc. Grief can come about for many reasons, including death. Just because they often occur together does not mean they are exclusive. Great insight in recognizing that!! ...Read more
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Everything seems so confusing and difficult at the moment. When will grief from death of my husband end?
I am actually in crisis right now as I have gone through a lot of grief and loss recently and am in deep despair?
Call crisis line::
Sounds like you feel pretty awful. That is so too bad! There are a lot of people who can help you through this, in the fastest, safest way possible. Since you are in crisis, try this number Suicide & Crisis Hotline
1-800-999-9999, or this one: Suicide Prevention Lifeline
1-800-273-TALK If these folks can't help, call your doc, if you have one, or please go to ER. Help is there for you, call! ...Read more
Pastoral counseling: Or a grief counselor. At times like this there is no way to avoid asking ultimate questions. Dealing with these questions becomes important whether you are an atheist or believer. Grief is like having part of you inner self amputated. If it's a spouse you go from living as a twosome to being on your lonesome. It can be devastating. Each religion has developed its own specialists to help deal with this. ...Read more
Grief and loss: Grief is a process of working through a loss so that you eventually develop a way of living without that person in your everyday life (except in your heart, of course). To accomplish this, you need community support: friends, family, possibly support group, and maybe even professional counseling/therapy. Feel your feelings; weep as it comes up for you. Take walks. Care for yourself. Accept hugs. ...Read more
Please seek help!: Grief is a natural but brief response to some situations and you may get help from family, friends, church. Deep grief may be a sign of an underlying mood disorder or may lead to a mood disorder, such as depression and suicide. I strongly encourage you to seek the advice of a counsellor, therapist or psychologist for talk therapy and possible referral to psychiatrist for medication therapy. ...Read more
Therapy can help:
Psychotherapy can help with grief. Check with a local hospital for a therapist who works in this area.
Grief often comes at us in waves. It is detrimental to our overall health and must be dealt with. For many people keeping busy is helpful.
Be sure you take care of your nutritional needs during this time. Sleep enough but do not oversleep. Hopefully your grief will pass soon. ...Read more
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
Very tough,: Be compassionate but make it clear you know they need help and expect them to get it. Help them, find a therapist and look for the right one. Talk to some people to see who people like. Call 3-6 as some doctors are full and won't call back. The ones who can take you will call back. Try this site or psychologytoday. Com. Good luck. Noone should suffer in this day and age with grief. Very common. ...Read more
Lots of variables: Your excellent question is hard to answer, because it depends on who died, age of child, effect on rest of family, and many other variables. Research shows that children who lose their mother before age 11 are at increased risk of depression as adults, but there are many possible explanations. Broadly, helping children grieve in age-appropriate ways is best way to minimize lasting impairment. ...Read more