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Reacting to Loss

People lose different people and thingsin life. This is a difficult situation to overcome since we get connectedto objects and people who and which will not always be with us.Therefore, we need to cope with the loss, which is bound to affect useventually.

Losing a loved person due to death isone of the worst things that can affect a human being. We all manageto stay alive after losing someone in our own ways, since everyindividual reacts differently to loss and bereavement.

Also, many other factors influence ourbehavior in such situations. Our religious background, upbringing,culture, mental history, coping skills and other aspects of ourpersonality make us deal with loss the way we do.

Grief, Loss, Mourning and Bereavement

Additionally, even though peopleusually do not differentiate grief, mourning and bereavement, thereare visible distinctions between the three emotions. We feel griefand are grieving when we are reacting to a loss we have endured. Thisloss may be physical, like death of a family member, or social andsymbolic, like loss of a job or a partner. Thus, grief can be mental,social, physical and emotional. Hand-in-hand with it, we might feelanger, anxiety, despair, guilt and sadness affecting us in manyphysical ways, making us sick, lacking appetite and sleep orsuffering from other issues of this type.

Moreover, we may change after our loss,getting in contact with the rest of our family, getting back to work,feeling differently about certain aspects of life etc. Bereavement isconnected to a living person who is no longer with us and mourning isthe process of sorrow affecting us after our loss. Grief changes us,makes us feel sad, guilty, hostile or different in many respects.

Getting over Grief

People who are grieving may findcomfort in professional treatment. Nevertheless, other people, whoare also facing bereavement and grief, may help their fellowsufferers through support, understanding and devotion.

It is important to talk about the lossand help the people mourning accept it. They need to express theirfeelings and let their hidden anger, sorrow or other kind of emotionout. Since being left without a loved one can make a great impact onyour life, you need to learn how to live in these, differentconditions, needing all the help you can get, making all furtherdecisions in your life alone.

People who are grieving need to detachfrom their lost ones eventually, moving on and meeting other people,making new relationships. Still, this is hard and these people needall the support they can get. Moreover, you should never forget theperson you have lost. Rather, you should keep all the positive images and memories with you forever.

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