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National Grief Awareness Day 2013

Visit the official website at: National Grief Awareness Day

To learn more about grief, please read my past posts:

How to Help a Grieving Person

My Re-dedication to Grief Support

Grief is Not a Disease

Grief: Understanding and Surviving it

Grief Support Group Locater

My Grief: Dedicated to Daniel Rieske

If you know of any other wonderful resources on grief, please feel free to comment. My heart goes out to all those who are grieving.

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How to Help a Grieving Person

Grief is the normal reaction and response to loss. The loss can be due to a death, divorce, loss of a job, loss of custody of a child, or anything involving the separation of the individual from someone or something important to them. Often, when we think of grief, we only think of death, but the loss of a relationship can feel exactly like death to many people.

It can be quite scary and alarming to watch someone in the deepest throes of profound grief. Often, people will become almost paralyzed with uncertainty about how to help, or what is normal. Sometimes, normal grief can become “complicated grief” in which grief becomes debilitating and does not improve over time. In complicated grief, painful emotions are so long lasting and severe that a person cannot accept the loss and resume their life.

On the flip side, many times a grieving person will hide away the true extent of their suffering. The people around them may not know how much pain they are in, and how much support they really need.

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