Loss of a spouse, partner, child, friend or relative regardless of age is still a loss. For many that loss is monumental and life changing. Loss can come as an end to a relationship, loss of job, a tragedy, an accident, illness such as cancer, or an unexpected death. In using my own experiences with loss of a partner, friends, family members, as well as walking the path with friends that have lost children along with being a certified bereavement coach, I am able to assist others in working through the grieving process by not overcoming but instead choosing how to live with the loss.
Stages of Handling Terminal Diagnosis
Coping- Telling Others/Responses
How to Know If You Are Grieving: Though there are stages of grief there is no one way to get through them. Each person grieves in their own way with varying intensities. Are you experiencing any of the following?
Isolating or spending lots of time alone
Intense feelings of bitterness, anger, blame
Unexplained outbursts or fits of crying
Unable to self soothe or seek comfort from others
Going through the motions of life without living life
Inability to work or do daily tasks
Constant feeling of being overwhelmed
Frequent dreams day or night about loss
Inability to sleep/lethargic
Participating in destructive behaviors