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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Lou Ann Hamilton,MSW, LCSW, Counselor
Office of the Dean of Students
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 othersIntroduction
Death of Close Friend
Death of Roommate, Classmate, Colleague
Loss/Breakup of Relationship
Loss of Friendship
Serious Illness in Self or OtherDifferent Types of Loss
Shock, Anger, Denial, Bargaining, Acceptance, Depression
sleeplessness; sadness; decreased appetite; tearfulness; fatigue; upset stomach; anxiety; dreams/nightmares; lack of concentrationWhat to Expect When you are Grieving
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?
Counseling will have every symptom.
Letting others Help
Taking care of Self Physically (rest well, eat and limit alcohol use)
Acknowledge Pain, Allow TearsCoping Skills to Help yourself and Others
you feel you can’t handle this alone will have every symptom.
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 listeningWhen to Get Help
Friends/Family will have every symptom.
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, MinisterWhere to Get Help
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 needsSpecific Ways to Help Others Cope with Loss