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Tips to help parents work and school from home

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COPING WITH LOSS


Tip:

Acknowledge Your Feelings

Try This:

Express Your Feelings



Why This Works:

Protects your Emotional and Physical Health


Tip

Whether you have experienced the loss of a job, an opportunity, or a loved one, loss can be painful. As humans, we try to minimize the pain in our lives. As a result, we sometimes minimize our feelings. When we face loss, it’s normal to have a host of negative emotions like sadness, anger and fear. It is important to acknowledge your emotions because they are a normal part of the grieving process. There are no ‘good’ or ‘bad’ emotions. It is how we respond to them that shapes us. When we are able to use whatever challenge or tragedy that presents itself to us, understanding that buried within this experience is the potential for growth and deeper understanding, then we can, even at the hardest of times, know that there is a potential for meaning and growth.

Try This

It is important to have a healthy way to express what you are feeling. Think about what the loss meant to you. When you attach meaning to what you have lost, it will help you to have greater self-compassion. It will give you a better understanding of why you are feeling what you're feeling.

There are many ways you can have a healthy expression of emotion. Here are just a few ideas:

  • Share with a friend or loved one - Choose someone who is a good listener and who will provide encouragement and support. Positive social relationships are the biggest contributor to our well-being. Allowing a significant other to join you in your journey can enhance your well-being during your grief.

  • Journal - Writing about what you have lost and the significance of the loss is a good way to step back and process your experience as well as release the emotions inside of you.

  • Express your emotions through art - Some people are able to express what they are feeling through art. If this rings true for you, you can draw, paint, sculpt or express yourself through whatever creative outlet that works for you.

It is important to understand that your emotions will likely shift throughout the grieving process. For example, you might move from shock to sadness to anger and back to sadness again. The emotions you experience will depend on your particular circumstance and unique life experiences. Know that grief is a process and finding ways to express your emotions throughout the process will help you have a healthier outcome.

Why This Works

Expressing what you are feeling in a healthy way will help you move through the loss more effectively. When we avoid feelings by denying them, stuffing them or distracting from them, we prolong the grieving process. Research has shown that when we suppress our emotions, it causes these emotions to intensify and find other outlets that can negatively impact our mood and health. Some of the consequences of suppressing emotions are: low frustration tolerance, depression, anxiety, ulcers, colitis and heart disease, just to name a few. Expressing your emotions will benefit your overall mental and physical health.


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More Resources

Additional Reading and Resources

A Grace Disguised by Jerry Sittser


Video:

Psychologists offer insight and tips on dealing with different types of grief and loss during the COVID-19 pandemic. From the American Psychological Association.