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Coping with Grief
By Jennifer Malko

Coping with the death of a loved one can be very difficult. Memories of good times and togetherness serve as reminders of our loss. Watching others enjoy time with their families and loved ones when we feel overwhelmed, lonely or sad can be very painful. Each day can be a reminder of how much our lives have been changed by the loss of our loved one.

Tips for Coping with Grief:

Set realistic expectations for yourself
Remind yourself that this year will be different. Decide if you can still handle the responsibilities you've had in the past and ask yourself if you want to continue doing them. Being able to accept help is important during the healing process.

Surround yourself with people who love and support you
Share your plans with family and friends and let know of any intended changes in your schedule or routine. Memories can sometimes be a source of comfort to the bereaved, so don't shy away from sharing your memories.

Try to avoid "canceling" upcoming events despite the temptation
It is OK to avoid some circumstances that you don't feel ready to handle, but avoid completely isolating yourself. Allow yourself some time for solitude, remembering and grieving, but balance it with planned activities with others.

Allow yourself to feel joy, sadness or anger- allow yourself to grieve
It is important to recognize that every family member has their own unique grief experience and may have different needs. There is no right or wrong way to grieve. Experiencing joy and laughter does not mean you have forgotten your loved one.

Take care of yourself
Try to avoid overexerting yourself. Find ways to release your grief, for example, endorphins from physical exercise can help against depression or writing in a journal can be a good outlet to express how you feel.

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VITAS Innovative Hospice Care is the nation's leading provider of end-of-life care. For more information on VITAS or bereavement services, visit www.VITAS.com or call (412) 799-2101. Jennifer Malko is Director of Market Development, VITAS Innovative Hospice Care of Pittsburgh.

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