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Coping with Grief and Loss. Lou Ann Hamilton,MSW, LCSW, Counselor Office of the Dean of Students Schleman Hall Purdue University. Understanding Loss, Grief, and Bereavement, Different Types of Loss What to Expect when Grieving Normal feelings and how long grief lasts

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coping with grief and loss

Coping with Grief and Loss

Lou Ann Hamilton,MSW, LCSW, Counselor

Office of the Dean of Students

Schleman Hall

Purdue University

introduction
Understanding Loss, Grief, and Bereavement,

Different Types of Loss

What to Expect when Grieving

Normal feelings and how long grief lasts

coping skills and when/where to get help and how to help others

Introduction
different types of loss
Death of Parent, Grandparent, Sibling, Partner, Child

Death of Close Friend

Death of Roommate, Classmate, Colleague

Loss/Breakup of Relationship

Loss of Friendship

Serious Illness in Self or Other

Different Types of Loss
what to expect when you are grieving
Emotional symptoms

Shock, Anger, Denial, Bargaining, Acceptance, Depression

Physical Symptoms

sleeplessness; sadness; decreased appetite; tearfulness; fatigue; upset stomach; anxiety; dreams/nightmares; lack of concentration

What to Expect When you are Grieving
are these feelings normal and how long do they last
All of these symptoms are normal, although not every person will have every symptom.

The bereavement period varies from person to person according to each situation and your unique relationship to that person.

Grief may be brief, or last many years, but generally is at least one year.

Are these feelings normal, and how long do they last?
coping skills to help yourself and others
Counseling

Support Groups

Talking/Listening

Understanding Grief

Letting others Help

Taking care of Self Physically (rest well, eat and limit alcohol use)

Acknowledge Pain, Allow Tears

Coping Skills to Help yourself and Others
when to get help
you feel you can’t handle this alone

you are losing weight

your grades, work, and/or social life are suffering

you have repeated thoughts of death or dying.

You feel the need to talk and you think your friends are tired of listening

When to Get Help
where to get help
Friends/Family

Counseling through The Office of the Dean of Students 494-1254

Counseling and Psychological Services 494-6995

Counseling and Guidance Center 494-9738

Spiritual Leader, Priest, Minister

Where to Get Help
specific ways to help others cope with loss
Ask if they want to talk about their loss. (only if you are willing to listen)

Just sit with them, you don’t have to say anything to comfort others

Allow them to cry and be sad

Don’t minimize their feelings

Show you care by words AND actions

Help with practical needs

Specific Ways to Help Others Cope with Loss
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