Let us start of by defining what Grief is.
Grief is a universal, natural response to any kind of loss that human beings face. Loss is a part of a person’s everyday life. For every good action or deed that a person performs; there is an equal amount of negative emotion such as grief and loss.
The word grief has its origin in the Old French word ‘grever’ meaning ‘to burden’. Being a burden on someone is not something we all like to be. It is not ideal for a lot of people, and in a lot of instances. The pain they attach to their grief is overwhelming! Another layer to this thought- process would be with regards to how individuals process situations emotionally.
It is important to understand that people are on their designated path, and it becomes essential for us to be patient with people we care about. People adopt different techniques to deal with their emotions-specifically grief. Here is a list of 6 ways that will empower you to handle grief!
Six Ways of Dealing with Grief:
I. Acknowledge Your Pain
This is the first and most important step in the grief management process. People face facts, deal with emotions, and process pain in a specific way. All the other person can do is lend ears, that is, be empathetic listeners. Once you listen to both the words that people say and not say, you will realise that some people prefer to go through grief alone, or even take the help of nature and its resources.
II. Accept that grief can trigger many different and unexpected emotions
Grief is something that can set off other related emotions. We may not expect or anticipate the effect it has on us, or even on our loved ones. It is a huge, overwhelming feeling that cannot be encapsulated into something tangible. Physical health refers to bodily processes; how grief manifests in our lives is unfathomable. Accepting means being aware that a strong emotion like grief can have tumultuous effects on sleep patterns, eating cycles, and surprisingly our thinking patterns. Thinking patterns are overlooked which could be disastrous if not attended to. This leads to situations where the pain lingers on and shows up in our actions. This is what we need to positively tackle.
III. Understand that your grieving process will be unique to you
Everyone does not process loss and pain at the same emotional level. Always remember that! What we think about is what reflects on our physical health. When we have positive thoughts, our body listens to it and responds peacefully. For example, if you are angry or even upset about some event, or you attach certain negative emotions to certain circumstances and interactions like guilt, stress; it can be detrimental for the physical body in the long run.