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WALKING THROUGH GRIEF. Betty Dillingham, ACSW, LCSW Gibson General Hospital Senior Enrichment Program a t Hope House Princeton, IN (812-385-9287) bdillingham@gibsongeneral.com. LEARNER OBJECTIVES:. BE ABLE TO IDENTIFY WHAT TO EXPECT DURING GRIEF

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walking through grief

WALKING THROUGH GRIEF

Betty Dillingham, ACSW, LCSW

Gibson General Hospital

Senior Enrichment Program

at Hope House

Princeton, IN

(812-385-9287)

bdillingham@gibsongeneral.com

learner objectives
LEARNER OBJECTIVES:
  • BE ABLE TO IDENTIFY WHAT TO EXPECT DURING GRIEF
  • BE ABLE TO IDENTIFY WAYS TO COPE WITH THE PAIN OF GRIEF
what to expect during grief
WHAT TO EXPECT DURING GRIEF

What is Normal?

  • Eating and sleeping patterns are disrupted
  • Inability to concentrate
  • Roller coaster emotions
  • Shift in role
  • Responses of others
eating and sleeping patterns
EATING AND SLEEPING PATTERNS
  • Eating too much or not enough
  • Dehydration
  • Sleeping too much or not enough
  • Flashbacks
  • Dreaming/nightmares
inability to concentrate
INABILITY TO CONCENTRATE
  • Cannot focus on what is being said or read
  • Not seeing
roller coaster emotions
ROLLER COASTER EMOTIONS
  • Disbelief
  • Feelings of going crazy
  • Sadness
  • Emptiness
  • Regret
  • Guilt
  • Loneliness
  • Anxiety
  • Crying/inability to cry
  • Anger
  • Upsurges of grief
  • Relief
physical aches pains
PHYSICAL ACHES/PAINS
  • Aches: stomach, head, neck, back
  • Unexplained pains throughout body
shift in role
SHIFT IN ROLE
  • Becoming the primary breadwinner (financial woes)
  • Emotional conflict (who will I turn to ?)
  • Family responsibilities
  • Household responsibilities
  • Change in place of residence
  • We to me
responses of others
RESPONSES OF OTHERS
  • People being overly protective (bossy)
  • People minimizing a person’s loss
  • People stating or implying that a person has grieved long enough (It is time to move on, get over it)
ways to cope with grief
WAYS TO COPE WITH GRIEF
  • Turn into the pain
  • Look at beliefs
  • Move away from asking why
  • Avoid isolation
  • Seek out caring people
  • Avoid making major life changes
  • Allow for time between endings and new beginnings
  • Be attentive to health
  • Be patient with self and others
  • Look for a “corner turning”
  • Seek professional help
  • Create a new relationship with the loved one
resource acknowledgements
Resource Acknowledgements
  • The Journey of Grief series, Doug Manning,

In-Sight Books,Inc. Oklahoma City, OK

  • Taking the Time You Need to Grieve Your Loss, Kathlyn S. Baldwin, LCSW, Care Notes, Abbey Press, St. Meinrad, IN
resources cont
Resources (cont.)
  • Motherless Daughters, The Legacy of Loss

By Hope Edelman

A Delta Book, Published by Dell Publishing

New York, NY