Coping with Traumatic Death

In most cases, other factors were largely responsible for your loved one’s death. It’s important to acknowledge that the person who killed your loved one was/is to blame. Talking with others who have some understanding of your experience can help you look at your guilt realistically. It will be hard work for them and for you. Feeling less guilty will not take away your sadness or your anger, but it can be a big load off your shoulders. It will be worth the effort to rid yourself of it. Faith/Philosophy of Life People who have not focused on God or a belief in an afterlife before may do so in the wake of trauma. Likewise, people whose faith plays a significant part in their lives may change some of their basic thoughts and beliefs connected to their faith. You may have been told that your loved one’s death

was God’s will; you may have been told you should forgive. Working through issues of faith may take time and can be another difficult component of grief.

Working through issues may take time.

Complicated Grief While grief reactions such as sadness, anxiety, anger, and fear are normal, a more serious psychological complication can develop over time. You may find that feelings of numbness, sadness, anxiety, anger, confusion, helplessness, and hopelessness are long lasting and that they are interfering with your abilities to function both physically and emotionally. All of the feelings you are experiencing are normal;

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