How to Manage Your Grief Recovery
Grief recovery can be quite manageable if you follow a straighforward program that accounts for all the emotional variations encountered in the experience of losing a loved one. Specific actions need to be detailed to address these stressful components as you can easily be distracted by powerful emotional reactions. Recovering from grief can proceed in a straightforward fashion if you follow the suggestions outlined below.
When we first hear about the death of a loved one we usually experience shock and dismay. A personal tragedy such as death can send our body and mind reeling from the impact of the news. Accepting this reality may take some time, because such harsh news is difficult to absorb.
Our immediate reality is confused by the influx of details, family, funeral arrangements and other practical matters. People describe themselves as feeling robotic during this, getting things done while living in a state of unreality. This shock response can persist through this period you are dealing with various practical arrangements.
Grief recovery begins after the family has left and in conjunction with our acceptance of the loss. Anxiety, depression and similar raw emotions, that we previously contained, are now allowed to surface. We are alone with our thoughts, feelings and reactions and the need to engage in some form of grief recovery looms as a necessity.
Thoughts and feelings associated with the loss make their way into awareness at this point, and begin pressing for attention. If we have some experience dealing with our feelings, then the emotional landscape we are being exposed to may be somewhat familiar. If this is our first tragedy then our grief recovery will be complicated by the confusion that struck us at first and is now laden with these powerful emotions.
In the initial stages, seeing a physician may be necessary to deal with issues such as sleep deprivation and anxiety. Medications are usually the short term response because the power generated by our various emotional reactions eventually starts to fade. However, this is not a time to try and tough things out. Medical help for these reactions will help you settle down so you can get on with the business of grief recovery.
Over the long term, grief recovery options may include joining a support group, seeing a therapist and/or acquiring helpful books and audio resources. If you feel strong enough, a good book resource may be all that is required. Experiencing your emotions, you will discover, becomes the key to your emotional healing.
Books and audio resources usually include a description of the grieving process and a listing of stages you may encounter. The better resources provide a program for dealing with your emotions which always exhibit the strongest effects as a reaction to loss. A grief recovery program that focuses on your emotions and feelings will deliver the greatest benefit in the shortest amount of time.
Adding elements such as poetry and music to a grief recovery program will help gain that central focus on your emotions. These additional dimensions focus your recovery on this central component, your heart and feeling center. Combining your motivation with the right resources will guarantee that your grief recovery will proceed in a timely fashion, by which we mean weeks and months, as opposed to years.
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About the Author:
Maurice Turmel PhD is a veteran therapist with 25 years experience who has guided numerous individuals through their grief recovery process. His latest book, How to Cope with Grief and Loss, is an actionable program that addresses all the emotional and feeling effects of losing a loved one and can help you deal with your grief recovery needs in a timely fashion.
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How to Manage Your Grief Recovery
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22 April 2012
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