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Effective Grief Management Skills

After funeral week has passed, survivors need to effectively manage and recover from the stress brought on by grief.  Survivors may find it helpful to explore and incorporate stress management activities.  Our goal is to manage and change our bodily reactions and stress responses to our grief.  Historically, the following management activities have been helpful to my clients. Acceptance

One of the most effective and instant game changers for my clients has been acceptance.  Only upon acceptance of the death can one begin to restructure one’s future.  One must realize that life has changed, accept that it will never be the same, and begin to reorganize their existence without the companionship of their decedent by their side. Acceptance is the process of letting go of things we cannot change.  If we resist this acceptance, we are unable to move forward, and we are in constant turmoil with our environment and ourselves.  Turmoil is rat poison to peace.  Acceptance allows us to rid our souls of chaos and begin reconstructing our inner peace. Relaxation

Learning to relax mentally and physically can bring about a miracle in healing.  Progressive muscle relaxation and meditation techniques have been able to calm the troubled minds and tense bodies of those suffering ill effects of debilitating stress.  Once the body and mind are clearing themselves of toxins and irrational thoughts, rational energy and thoughts will begin to resurface. Rational or Positive Thinking and Believing

Once the turmoil and hysteria of stress begin flowing out of our bodies and minds, we are better able to manage our thoughts and determine our course of recovery.  Thinking is our inward communication with ourselves.  It is where we determine our feelings, develop our strategies, and chart our courses for success or failure.  With the exception of the mentally challenged, our thinking is the one thing in life over which we have complete control.  When concepts are presented to our sub-conscious, our conscious interpretation allows us to accept them willingly as good, worthwhile, and truthful, or to deny them as evil, unacceptable, and false.  Our thought process (our manner of interpretation and thinking) makes these determinations.  Herein lays our responsibility and ownership of ourselves. Continue Reading →

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