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How to Handle Loss of Someone Special? - Bereavement


What is Bereavement?

Bereavement is a period of mourning after a loss, especially after the death of a loved one or a very dear one. It could be because of anyone you like whether a human or an animal or a materialistic thing. Generally it is spoken in the terms of people and out near and dear ones. It is a state of intense grief as after the loss of a loved one and comprises of desolation among few of its outcome.

For the context of this article we will restrict the meaning of bereavement till separation of someone by death. Bereavement means to be deprived of someone by death. The death of someone you love is one of the greatest losses that can occur to anyone. However, feelings of bereavement can also accompany other losses, such as the loss of your health or the health of someone you care about.

Bereavement is the period of grief and mourning after a death. When you grieve, it's part of the normal process of coping and accepting the loss. You may experience grief in any of the forms such as mental, physical, social or emotional. Mental effects and reactions can include anger, guilt, anxiety, sadness and despair. Physical form of effects can include sleeping problems, changes in appetite, physical problems or illness, etc.

How long Bereavement Impacts You?

How long bereavement lasts can depend on how close you were to the person who is lost or died, if the person's death was expected and other factors. Every year, about 2.5 million people die in the US alone. Every death leaves behind an average of 4 or 5 grieving survivors. For most, feelings of grief start to fade within 6 months of the loss. But there are some people who stay in this bereaved state for longer and they continue to struggle for years to move on in their lives.

It’s often better and good for the person to talk with family and friends. The talk should be about the person who has been gone. Due to hesitation, people do not mention a dead person name and even discuss about the loss. They think, this is going to cause pain and distress, but the truth is it generally helps people in coping up with their loss of someone very special and dear.

Some words about Bereavement

Remember that the death of a loved one can be very overwhelming, but most people can make it through the grieving process with the support of family and friends. Take care of yourself and accept offers of help or companionship. It you need additional help or counseling, always go for it and do not hesitate in getting it.

It may take time and it is not an easy thing to do. Most of us have to go through this process. But it will eventually adjust to life if you have lost someone you love the most.

Sometimes crying or laughing
are the only options left,
and laughing feels better right now.

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