Coping with Loss


One of life’s universal experiences is bereavement, which is the term used for the experience following the death of a loved one. Everyone grieves differently, but common examples include:

  • Feeling sad and generally emotional
  • Having difficulty with sleep and appetite
  • Thinking a lot about the person who has died, sometimes hearing their voice or expecting to see them walk in the door


The hurt does lessen with time, and the healing can be helped by:

  • Expression of one’s thoughts and feelings
  • Taking care of one’s health
  • Accepting support if needed, including professional help
  • Avoiding harmful behaviours such as turning to alcohol or drugs