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WALKING THROUGH GRIEF Betty Dillingham, ACSW, LCSW Gibson General Hospital Senior Enrichment Program at Hope House Princeton, IN (812-385-9287)

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1 WALKING THROUGH GRIEF Betty Dillingham, ACSW, LCSW Gibson General Hospital Senior Enrichment Program at Hope House Princeton, IN ( )

2 LEARNER OBJECTIVES: 1.BE ABLE TO IDENTIFY WHAT TO EXPECT DURING GRIEF 2.BE ABLE TO IDENTIFY WAYS TO COPE WITH THE PAIN OF GRIEF

3 WHAT IS GRIEF?

4 WHAT TO EXPECT DURING GRIEF What is Normal? Eating and sleeping patterns are disrupted Inability to concentrate Roller coaster emotions Shift in role Responses of others

5 EATING AND SLEEPING PATTERNS Eating too much or not enough Dehydration Sleeping too much or not enough Flashbacks Dreaming/nightmares

6 INABILITY TO CONCENTRATE Cannot focus on what is being said or read Not seeing

7 ROLLER COASTER EMOTIONS Disbelief Feelings of going crazy Sadness Emptiness Regret Guilt Loneliness Anxiety Crying/inability to cry Anger Upsurges of grief Relief

8 PHYSICAL ACHES/PAINS Aches: stomach, head, neck, back Unexplained pains throughout body

9 SHIFT IN ROLE Becoming the primary breadwinner (financial woes) Emotional conflict (who will I turn to ?) Family responsibilities Household responsibilities Change in place of residence We to me

10 RESPONSES OF OTHERS People being overly protective (bossy) People minimizing a person’s loss People stating or implying that a person has grieved long enough (It is time to move on, get over it)

11 WAYS TO COPE WITH GRIEF Turn into the pain Look at beliefs Move away from asking why Avoid isolation Seek out caring people Avoid making major life changes Allow for time between endings and new beginnings Be attentive to health Be patient with self and others Look for a “corner turning” Seek professional help Create a new relationship with the loved one

12 Resource Acknowledgements The Journey of Grief series, Doug Manning, In-Sight Books,Inc. Oklahoma City, OK Taking the Time You Need to Grieve Your Loss, Kathlyn S. Baldwin, LCSW, Care Notes, Abbey Press, St. Meinrad, IN

13 Resources (cont.) Motherless Daughters, The Legacy of Loss By Hope Edelman A Delta Book, Published by Dell Publishing New York, NY


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