The Grieving Process of Every Story, Every Family, Every Tragedy is Unique…
As individuals we come to this crossroads traveling different paths. Our individuality makes grief different for every person, and so no one person grieves exactly the same.
As individuals we have to take care of all the aspects of our lives if we are to remain whole. If we neglect one, we are likely to suffer and cope less effectively. Being balanced and using effective coping will help us move forward through grief.
When we ourselves are grieving it is often easy to forget that others are grieving as well, and that their grief is different than our own. Children grieve very differently than adults, and the age or maturity level of the child greatly determines how they grieve. Understanding how children grieve differently can lessen conflicts, hurt, and misunderstanding within the family. Identifying early warning signs and getting professional help early is critical to helping children move forward and preventing future emotional damage.
When a close friend or family member has lost a loved one, people want to offer consolation and help. Not knowing what to do or say, people often say or do the wrong things or simply avoid those who are grieving. These interactions can cause a lot of additional hurt. Knowing the best ways to offer help and when to offer that help can strengthen friendships and family relationships. This page has links to help family and friends understand what is normal to expect with grief and how to best off help and support.