Grief is a response to loss, which can be caused by many things, such as the death of a loved one, losing a job, getting divorced or going through other major life changes.
People who are grieving may experience complex emotions like feelings of helplessness or hopelessness, anger or sadness, numbness, or confusion. You may notice changes in your appetite, mood, energy level, or sleep patterns.
- Get comfort and lean on others.
Talk with friends, family, or people you trust. Seek out online grief counseling groups. Seek support from a grief counselor or your faith community.
- Create a routine.
Maintain a sense of order and purpose to help you focus on things you can control. Eat healthy and keep a regular sleep schedule.
- Honor your loved ones who have passed.
Take small steps to remember and celebrate their life, keeping with your faith or cultural traditions. You could:
- Participate in a celebration of life ceremony.
- Make a memory book.
- Create a tribute page.
- Get help from a professional.
Talk to a health care provider about how you are feeling.
- Make an appointment with a counselor.
- Contact the 988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline.
If you or someone you know is struggling or in crisis, help is available. Call or text 988 or chat 988lifeline.org.