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Running head: DEALING WITH GRIEF1How To Cope After The Loss Of A Loved OneDavid CullenBoston College
DEALING WITH GRIEF2Dealing With GriefMost people alive in the world today will likely experience the death of a loved one.People, by virtue of being alive and living on Earth, will at some point cease to be. Grief is amultifaceted emotional response to the passing of a loved one. It encompasses feelings ofsadness, hopelessness, anger and depression.“Chronic depression and emotional pain occur inaround 15% of individuals after the death of a relative or dear friend”(Bonanno, 2008). Thedeath of a loved one can cause immense amounts of emotional stress; cerebral changes with aloss of concentration; physical symptoms like sleeplessness nausea or headaches; and behavioralresponses such as crying, withdrawal from social functions, and physical inactivity that can lastfor long periods of time. The grieving process doesn’t exactly have an end-point and the mentalanguish over the loss of a loved one never fully goes away. No two people go through grief in theexact same way or are able to manage the recovery process the same even though they might beof similar age and gender and share similar experiences to the death of a loved one. The grievingprocess is a complex process and varies in severity for each individual and has different impactson each person’s life. Many different techniques can be employed to reduce the severity of thepain and bring some comfort to victims of loss in their hour of darkness, however, there is not auniversally accepted treatment of the physical, psychological, and psychosocial issues that canarise after the death of a loved one.One positive way to manage grief is through physical activity. The first source analysiswas a study carried out on a convenience sample of 62 people in south-eastern Georgia who hadexperienced the loss of a loved one, all of whom were enlisted in a three-week walking regimen.

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