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Many people cope effectively after a significant loss, with the help of family, friends, and other sources of available support. However, some people experience great difficulty after a significant loss and may need more support through the grief process. Someone who is grieving a loss may experience anxiety, depression, sleep disruption, difficulty focusing on things other than the loss, loneliness, feeling that part of oneself has died, a feeling that life is empty and meaningless, a feeling that their view of the world has been shattered, anger or irritability, and difficulties with day to day activities (Haley et al., 2003; Neimeyer et al., 2002). These problems may be more likely and may last longer (up to several years) after the loss of someone you are really close to and/or in the event of sudden, unexpected, or traumatic loss (Haley et al., 2003).
A difficult bereavement may result in unhealthy changes in behaviors, such as changes in eating patterns, increased alcohol intake, and increased tobacco use, and can contribute to increased health problems, such as cardiac events and high blood pressure (Neimeyer, et al., 2002).
For those having difficulty coping with a significant loss, such as the death of a family member or friend, counseling may be helpful for the following: