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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
• 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, find a job.
• Stay fit. 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 life.
• 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 flowers, gardening,
leisurely reading a newspaper,
etc. Then, try to engage in at least
one of these activities daily.
• Volunteer your time. Another
effective 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 their
• 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 find your way through this difficult,
Most survivors will find 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
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