Grieving before the loss
There is no right or normal way to cope with the approaching death of someone. Everyone reacts differently. This section looks at common problems faced by families at this difficult time and suggests ways to manage these challenges.
When someone important to us dies, our lives can be changed, and grief affect us emotionally, physically and mentally. This section describes common features of grief and will help you to separate the myths from the truth about grieving.
How has this loss affected my family and me?
When someone in the family dies, it is common for each family member to react differently. This section looks at how your grief is shaped by your relationship with the person who has died. It also makes suggestions for managing this loss as a family.
Moving through grief
Losing someone can be painful, confusing and exhausting. This section looks at the common questions and experiences of people moving through grief, and suggests ways to adapt to life without the person who died.
Making sense of intense emotions
Anger, guilt, fear, sadness and loneliness are common reactions to grief. Using the stories of people who have lost someone important to them, this section looks at accepting and managing these often intense emotions.
Managing difficult situations
After the death of someone close, many events, encounters and experiences can be stressful or trigger waves of grief. This section will identify these situations and provide you with skills to face them with greater confidence.
Caring for yourself
It is important to make your own physical and emotional health a priority in grief. This section looks at the obstacles to looking after ourselves and makes suggestions for self care.
Do I need more help and where do I find it?
Each grief experience is different. While some people successfully navigate their loss, others become stuck in grief. This section will help you recognize if you need help to cope with your grief and suggests where to find that assistance.
When life starts to get better
At some time after the death of someone important to us, there comes a turning point when people generally start to feel better. This section looks at what “feeling better” means. It also highlights some of the challenges of feeling better and making a life without the person who has died.
Module 10 - Partner
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When your child has died
When your child dies, it is heartbreaking. The death of a child can shatter your assumptions about children outliving their parents, and you may feel very alone in your experience. This module has been designed to help you understand and care for yourself as you grieve.
Module 13 - Sibling
When your grandparent has died
Your relationship with your grandparent will be unique, and so will be your grief. By identifying the particular circumstances and factors that are impacting your grief, you will be better able to come to terms with your loss and find ways to carry the memory of your grandparent forward in your life.
When your friend has died
The death of a friend can mean significant loss, which may not be recognized or acknowledged by those around you. Whether your friendship was a very close bond or one that was sometimes troubled, your grief will reflect losses unique to your relationship.
When your co-worker has died
The death of a co-worker sends ripples of grief through your workplace as each person tries to come to terms with what has happened. The sense of loss that you and others feel may have both shared and unique aspects, depending on the nature of your relationship.
Pregnancy and Infant Loss Series
Recognizing and understanding your grief
No matter how, where, or when pregnancy or infant loss occurs, it is significant. This series of modules explores some of the unique aspects of the grief you may experience after a pregnancy or early infant loss.
Navigating your grief
Any pregnancy or infant loss is a tremendous loss. It is important to give yourself the time and space to grieve your loss. This module will provide you with some supportive strategies and gentle suggestions to help you navigate your grief during the first days, weeks, and beyond.
Supporting the family
When someone has experienced a pregnancy or infant loss, it can be difficult to know what to say or do. You cannot take away the pain, but you can help with your presence and support. This module provides strategies that can help you support someone through
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