10 TIPS FOR DEALING WITH GRIEF & LOSS

  • Remember there is no “right way” to cope.
  • Understand that people experience a variety of emotions; there may be emotional highs and lows.
  • Give yourself permission to grieve and express your emotions.
  • Be patient with yourself; recognize it takes time to heal.
  • Seek support from friends, family, and loved ones.
  • Take care of yourself by eating well-balanced meals, getting plenty of sleep, and exercising regularly.
  • Write down your thoughts, especially if you are having trouble sleeping.
  • Do not attempt to numb emotional pain with drugs or alcohol.
  • Try to avoid making major life decisions or taking on new responsibilities.
  • Create ways of remembering your loved one.

GRIEF & LOSS RESOURCES

Understanding Grief, Loss and Tragedy
Coping with Grief & Loss
How to Cope with Traumatic Events
The Center for Complicated Grief
What’s Your Grief?
Local Grief Support Groups
The Dinner Party
Grief Support for Suicide Loss Survivors
Suicide Bereavement Support Groups