Woman grieving

10 things to know about grieving

Grief is a normal part of the emotional process of illness and loss. Whether it's a spouse, family member, friend or yourself, the most important thing to remember is that you're not alone in the grieving process and there are ways to cope.

  1. You are what you eat, so eat…and eat right.
  2. Learn all you can about the grief process. The more you know the more control you’ll have in your journey. 
  3. Rest. Living with grief is exhausting and taxes your body. Nap, relax and take it easy. 
  4. Allow yourself the ability to feel the raw pain. The more you can stay in the present, the easier your journey will be in the long run. 
  5. Reach out when ready. Call a friend or accept a dinner invitation. 
  6. Go at your own pace. It’s your journey not someone else’s. 
  7. Grief is as unique as our fingerprints. There is no right or wrong way to grieve. 
  8. Find a healthy outlet. Walking, singing, journaling, painting, exercising, counseling, talking…find a way to let your feelings out. 
  9. Professional help is often needed. 
  10. Utilize the support services of Community Home Health’s adult and youth bereavement experts. 

Julie Leet, licensed clinical social worker and grief counselor with Community Home Health, says that many myths exist about grief.

“We’ve all heard well-meaning friends and acquaintances tell you to ‘move on’ or ‘put your grief behind you'." 

Leet reminds the bereaved that there is no right or wrong way to grieve.

“As a bereavement counselor, my job is to educate you in your grief process and help you sort out the truth from the myths.”

Get help coping

Leet and her team facilitate support groups and sessions throughout the year. Visit their website to find upcoming sessions and events.