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  • Grief may be responsible for physical symptoms such as insomnia, appetite changes, actual illness
  • Grief affects perception--how we see ourselves and others, how we make decisions

    Grief affects perception–how we see ourselves and others, how we make decisions

  • Immediate reactions to grief–shock, sadness–are known and expected, but we may be unprepared for its long-term manifestations
  • Almost every emotion can be part of a grief reaction: fear, anger, relief, peace, despair, guilt, agitation, and a seemingly bottomless sorrow may all be part of grief. There is no order, scale, or time limit to these emotions, and normal grief is unpredictable
  • Grief may prompt some to withdraw from life and push others to stay too busy to feel
  • Grief reactions are as different as the people who experience them, there is no right way to grieve
Individual religious faith may be a source of comfort, or a source of struggle in the face of loss
  • Grief is not a weakness, but a necessity. A loss and its meaning can become part of a healthy and happy life
  • Take time to get support from others and to be alone. Put off important decisions
  • Take control of small things. Identify the tasks that can be easily accomplished and give yourself credit for completing them

by Linda Snouffer, LCSW
Professional Staff at CWFL

The USC Center for Work & Family Life is uniquely prepared to discuss grief with our staff and faculty, and to be a partner in navigating towards peace of mind about your loss. Don’t suffer alone–please contact CWFL for a confidential consultation.

Click here for a pamphlet on Coping with Grief and Loss, prepared by the professional staff of CWFL.

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