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COPING WITH DEATH
Prescription for grief relief
The Greek dramatist Euripides
wrote these words 400 years
before the birth of Christ. Grief
is the price of love.
When we love someone and they die,
we feel the pain of grief.
However, there are steps we can
take that may ease the stress and
hasten our recovery.
Here are some tips that can help the
bereaved on their journey through
• Go back to work. If you had a job,
return as soon as possible. Work is a
healthy distraction from the pain of
loss. If you were not in the workplace,
fi nd a job.
• Stay fi t. Exercise can help you both
physically and emotionally because
activity provides an outlet for stress.
• Enroll in a class. Not only does
taking a class provide you with a
healthy diversion from grief but it
also can supply practical knowledge
for improving the quality of your
• Be good to yourself. Do not hesitate
to treat yourself to something
you truly enjoy.
• Take some time to write down a
list of things that bring you pleasure
such as displaying a vase of fresh
fl owers, gardening, leisurely reading
a newspaper, etc. Then, try to
engage in at least one of these activities
• Volunteer your time. Another
eff ective way to get out of the house
and provide some grief relief is
through volunteering. Local community
groups or museums and
historic sites always welcome people
who can spare some time to support
• Talk about your grief with a
friend. Expressing and exploring
your feelings with a trusted friend
is one of the best things you can do
for yourself. Talking helps relieve
the pressure, brings you perspective,
and keeps you in touch with others.
Cry when you feel like it.
• Read practical articles and books
about grief. Reading about bereavement is
an excellent way to fi nd your way through
this diffi cult, uncharted experience.
Most survivors will fi nd solace in these
suggestions. But if you feel that your grief
is overwhelming your life, ask your family
funeral director for the name of a local
bereavement counselor who can guide
you through resolving your feelings of
sadness and loss.
Material in this column was excerpted
(with permission) from an article authored
by Victor M. Parachin, a National Funeral
Directors Association grief educator and
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