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Do’s and
don’ts when
grief strikes
do sort out the different problems associated with grief and handle those easily remedied fi rst
do talk about the loss and encourage others to do so. This is particularly helpful when the loss is the death
of a loved one
do draw on relationships with friends and family
do consider joining a support group
do develop ways to celebrate your loss (birthdays, anniversary, life celebrations, etc.)
do turn to God in the knowledge that He knows and understands what you are going through
do be patient with yourself and others. Continue to love and hope
don’t assume there is a right and wrong way to grieve
don’t allow yourself to be pushed or pressured to move on or stop grieving until you are ready. It should feel
natural to you to move on...that is when you are ready
don’t be silenced by the loss. Talk about it openly with family and friends
don’t punish yourself or things you could have done or did not do
don’t tell someone who is grieving that you know how they feel if some attributes of a person’s grieving
makes you
uncomfortable, don’t try to change their feelings
don’t take over the grieving person’s life
don’t stop visiting and seeing the grieving person
don’t preach at them
don’t tell them to call or come over anytime unless you are prepared to back it up anytime
don’t cut yourself off from family, friends or from church. Stay close to them and to God.
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