“Grief is a most peculiar thing; we’re so helpless in the face of it. It’s like a window that will simply open of its own accord. The room grows cold, and we can do nothing but shiver. But it opens a little less each time, and a little less; and one day we wonder what has become of it.” ― Arthur Golden, Memoirs of a Geisha
Grief is an emotional response to loss, often to loss of someone who one has a deep emotional bond with. This response can also have physical, cognitive, behavior and social dimensions to it. These emotional responses may contain shock, anger, disbelief, guilt and profound sadness.
Ways to deal with the grieving process:
Recognize your emotional pain
Accept that grief can trigger unexpected emotions
Know that your grieving process is unique to you
Seek out face-to-face support from people who care about you
Support yourself emotionally by taking care of yourself physically
Recognize the difference between grief and depression
Grief sometimes turns into depression. If you feel extremely negative about life, blame yourself for the loss or have suicidal thoughts, seeking professional help can help you get better.
Support groups are safe spaces structured to allow participants to share personal experiences, feelings, coping strategies and information about the grieving process. The discussions often are facilitated by an experienced leader or a medical professional.
Grieving a loss is an inevitable part of life, but finding ways to cope with the grieving process can prevent perpetual sadness or depression. Support groups can allow us to make connections, providing tangible benefits to people experiencing mental health issues.
Benefits of participating in support groups can include:
Reducing feelings of loneliness, isolation and stigma resulted from loss
Getting practical advice or information about recovery
Reducing distress, depression, anxiety or fatigue in life
Talking openly and honestly about your feelings
Gaining a sense of empowerment, control or hope
Learning about health, economic or social resources
Benefits of online support groups can include:
Faster time to get help, skipping appointment wait time
More frequent or flexible participation
A cost effective way to see a licensed mental health professional
A degree of privacy or anonymity comparing to local community support groups
Opportunities for people in areas with no face-to-face support groups
You are not alone. Herd is ready to support you.