Coping With Grief

Coping With Grief
Source – The New York Times
  • Grief can trigger a wide range of feelings, including rage, disbelief, fear, regret, and intense sadness.
  • Insomnia, weight loss, weight gain, exhaustion, nausea, and physical discomfort may all be caused by grief.
  • It is important to take care of oneself during mourning in order to maintain your physical and emotional health.
  • Hypnosis may be used as a tool to help in dealing with the feeling of loss that contributes to the development and continuation of grief.

Coping With Grief

Grief is seen as a response to loss. Most people associate grieving with the death of a loved one, but other losses, such as the death of a cherished pet, a best friend who moves away, poor health as a consequence of a major disease, a financial crisis, or the loss of a house, may also trigger pain.

Grief can evoke a wide range of feelings, including rage, disbelief, fear, regret, and deep grief. Everyone deals with sorrow at their own pace and in their own capacity. People may experience a range of feelings or become emotionally numb as they work through their grief. Often, grief-related feelings subside only to resurface, sometimes “out of nowhere." Grief may continue for weeks, months, or even years.

Grief, like other severe stresses, may result in physical symptoms such as insomnia, weight loss, weight gain, lethargy, nausea, or physical pain.

To get over grief, it is necessary to accept it, since suppressing it does not help move the process ahead.

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Self-Acceptance And Self-Care

It is important to take care of oneself throughout the mourning process in order to be as physically and emotionally healthy as possible at a difficult period. Coping with grief can be emotionally taxing. Be gentle and nonjudgmental with yourself as you go through your grief or as you assist someone else in their loss.

Self-care recommendations include:

  • Taking a stroll in nature, enjoying your hobbies, cuddling with your pet, or sharing family stories are all examples of life-affirming activities.
  • Taking a nice bath, cozy up with a warm blanket, listening to peaceful music or a relaxation DVD, or indulging in favourite foods are all ways to be kind to yourself.
  • Deep, leisurely breathing may be used to help you relax.
  • Self-soothing techniques such as meditation or hypnosis. These approaches may also help you fall asleep and sleep well.
  • Putting gratitude into practice. Find simple things to be thankful for; it is healthy for the soul.
  • Developing your spirituality. This may help you obtain a better perspective and increase your resilience.
  • Finding a companion who will urge you to take care of yourself and, if possible, surround yourself with loved ones.

Processing Grief And Loss

As part of my work with children, I’ve learned that a failure to adequately cope with a deep feeling of loss may lead to grief perpetuation. Fortunately, for many children, hypnosis can be utilised as a tool to assist them in dealing with their loss (Anbar, 2021):

  • Children learn how to relax under hypnosis by visualising what they could see with each of their senses in a calm, secure environment.
  • I advise that after they are thoroughly engaged in the hypnotic state, the children welcome anyone they have lost to visit them in their fantasy safe spot. I recommend that they envision spending time with that person, conversing with them, or even touching or embracing each other.

Most children who opt to undergo hypnosis in this approach say that the experience was genuine and that they no longer feel as much loss about the person who visited with them. I’ve seen numerous children whose sorrow seemed to have improved instantly after hypnosis was used to grieve their loss. There are many ways of coping with grief, therefore, you need to find out what makes you feel better.

I think that individuals of all ages may benefit from using hypnosis in this approach, as long as they have an open mind to the possibilities of its success.

Making a remembrance box in which individuals may deposit keepsakes of their loved ones is another approach to cope with grief. Photographs, movies, audiotapes, favourite books, poetry, artwork, clothes, jewellery, and even perfume or fragrance may be included.


There are several good measures you can take to assist yourself move ahead in the grief process. Be patient and tolerant of yourself, and remember that your ways of dealing with loss are unique and appropriate for you.


  2. Anbar, Ran D. 2021. “Changing Children’s Lives with Hypnosis: A Journey to the Center.” Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield.

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