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Coping With A Loss

Grieving Affects All Areas of Life

Given all the emotional, mental, and physical reactions that can occur, people often find that nearly every task and relationship is affected by their grief. Accomplishing routine tasks and getting through a regular work day can sometimes be very difficult. Relationships can be strained, especially marriages, by new needs and sensitivities and the different reactions each person experiences. While Western culture has a belief that loss draws people closer, you may find that your reactions and needs are quite different from those of others close to you. You may be unable to meet each other's needs at a time when you both feel so empty. It helps to talk openly about feelings and concerns and recognize that individuals deal with situations in different ways.

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