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December 6, 2010

Coping

How do you handle grieving and bereavement? How do you cope, now, next month, next year? There are no exact methods, no one-size-fits-all for this reaction to trauma. As we are in the holiday season, sometimes this health issue creeps up on people as they lament the loss of a loved one, a pet, a relationship, or a job. It can affect different people at different times, and there is no set timetable for when it simply gets better or goes away.

But there is help out there. Sometimes locally, perhaps more than elsewhere, people keep too much inside, they don't want to be a burden or seem weak. Not good; contact a professional at Kaiser, Castle, HMSA, Queen's, or the Humane Society. Talk to the good folks at St. Francis Hospice or Hospice Hawaii for help through the holiday season and after. Some people compartmentalize and try to ignore the pangs of pain. Others try to offset the feelings of loss with memories of the good times. It's not an easy ride.

If you know someone going through these feelings, be a good listener, be supportive, but don't presume to have the answers for someone else. Grief needs to be dealt with as a normal, human experience that most people go through at one time or another, for their own personal reasons and the goal for family, friends, and acquaintances who see this in someone is to keep this feeling from becoming an all-consuming depression to the grieving person, especially as people express holiday joy. Reach out for help if you need it, or help someone find help this holiday season. Now that's a gift. Think about it…

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