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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
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 life.
• Be good to yourself. Do not hesitate
to treat yourself to something you
• 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 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 activities.
• 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
• Read practical articles and books
about grief. Reading about bereavement
is an excellent way to fi nd your
way through this diffi cult, uncharted
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
Material in this column was excerpted
(with permission) from an article authored
by Victor M. Parachin, a National
Funeral Directors Association grief
educator and minister.
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