Coping with Grief

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Coping with Grief

Grief is a normal and natural emotional response and Ann Wilson and her funeral directors have been there since 1995 to assist families on the Peninsula and Sydney's Northern Beaches in their time of emotional need.

Ann and her funeral directors understand that grief caused by the loss of a loved one can lead to an all consuming sadness. Coping with this loss often requires a substantial emotional and physical effort and can sometimes be overwhelming.

When faced with a major life challenge, it is normal for a person to experience a wide range of physical and emotional responses. This includes numbness, denial, confusion, shock, sadness, yearning, anger, despair and guilt. These are all common emotional responses for a person in grief.

A grieving person may have mood swings such as feeling fine one moment and then depressed, anxious, distressed or angry the next. This is all very normal. Different cultures and religions also see death, loss and grief in different ways. How you express your grief and the meaning you give to loss will be in your own way, based on your own beliefs and view of the world. The grieving process takes time and healing usually happens gradually. Your feelings of loss and sadness may never go away, but with time the grief will lighten.

The information in this section contains some extracts from “Now that the funeral is over - understanding the effects of grief” by Doris Zagdanski copyright 1993. They are reproduced with kind permission of the author.