Coping with grief and loss
The COVID-19 pandemic has meant that many of us are having to face deaths of people we knew and loved. Often we are far away from people we love when they are sick and we are unable to say goodbye in ways we would wish. This page brings together some resources and advice on how to cope with grief and loss.
What is grief?
Grief is a normal emotional response to losing someone or something that is important to you. Everyone experiences grief differently and at times it can be emotionally and physically painful, making an individual feel overwhelmed. There is no right or wrong way to grief, but there are different ways you can manage your grief.
- Look after yourself - when facing a major loss in your life you might find you are physically and emotionally exhausted. Listening to your mind and body and looking after your physical and emotional needs will help you get through this difficult time.
- Face your feelings - acknowledging the pain and sadness you are experiencing will help you heal and process your grief and in the long term help you with processing the loss you have faced.
- Express your feelings in a tangible way - many people find expressing their grief through writing, drawing, painting and other tangible outlets supports them in celebrating and remembering a person's life in a positive way.
- Maintain physical health - your mind and body are connected, by looking after your physical health you will find you are able to cope better emotionally.
The Chaplains at Imperial have experience of listening to people share their grief and bereavement. They understand that grieving takes time. They also know that bereavement can raise deep issues about ourselves, our relationships and the meaning we make of life. To arrange to talk to a member of the chaplaincy on any of these or other matters please email email@example.com.
The 3 Rs of grief and loss
Louise Knowles, Head of Mental Health and Psychologial Theraphy Services at the University of Sherffield, discusses the three elements of grief and loss: recognition, remembering and rebuilding.