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  • Don't be surprised at the intensity of your grief. Feelings of anger, panic, depression, despair, guilt or regrets, fearfulness, loneliness, as well as physical symptoms feel stronger during this time. This is normal. It is not a setback; it is how grief is.
  • Help yourself by gaining an understanding of the grieving process. Read a book on grief, attend a lecture or attend a support group.
  • Remember what has helped you earlier in your grieving - these techniques will help you again.
  • Tell important people in your life that this is a difficult season and let them know what they can do to help. Don't expect people to remember or to know what to do.
  • Don't be surprised if others struggle, too, or if you see others hesitate to speak of the person who died. They are probably afraid they will make you feel sad, and are unsure whether you want to talk about it.


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