Grief and Loss
We experience many losses as we move through life. Some we take in stride and others cause us untold pain. It may be the loss of a loved one, a job, a home, a relationship, health, children who grow and leave home, and other changes in our situation. Some we accept easily and others stress us terribly. Some we grieve and move through to peace and others stay with us and affect our daily lives, relationships, and happiness.
The process of grieving takes time. The amount of time is unique to each person. The time to seek help is when you feel stuck or unable to handle it.
A case study follows:
A eighteen year old woman learned she has a mental
condition for which she will have to take medication her whole life.
She grieved the normal life she thought she would have. She grew
angry, stopped taking her medication, spent time in a hospital. She
was encouraged to join a group to meet with others who had her condition and
she needed to learn coping skills to take care of the times she felt worse about her situation. She felt so different from everyone