Grief and Loss
Article written by Terra Register, MSN Patient Educator at the Stephen and Barbara Slaggie Cancer Education Center
As we approach the holiday season, it may be the time of year that we begin to think of those we have lost. Not everyone likes to talk about this subject, but it is a real issue that many face. There are resources to help those that are experiencing the feelings of grief and loss after losing a loved one, family member or friend.
Grief and loss can be an expressed emotion that could involve your physical abilities, mental awareness, emotional displays, and our spiritual beliefs. Each of these have their own effects on your well-being as you may be mourning a loss.
The normal pathway begins with the grieving process of mourning. This is a way that you emotionally express your feelings of the loss. These are unique for all and how we cope, but there are techniques and resources that can help you through this.
Situations for every person vary, exploring different resources can offer you the most assistance. If you are a Mayo Clinic patient, services would include speaking with a Chaplain or Social Worker.
Exploring your local community to gather more information on grief support groups.
This video which addresses grief and loss is presented by the Mayo Clinic Hospice and Bereavement Program.
What resources or techniques have helped you in the present or the past to confront and cope with your loss or grief?