It’s common for tragic events to invoke feelings of sadness

It’s common for tragic events to invoke feelings of sadness

FamilyMeans provides tips to help with grief and loss 

STILLWATER, Minn., Jan. 1, 2013 – Feelings of sadness are commonplace when a person or people die in a tragic manner. Whether it’s a report on the nightly news or an event much closer to home, these tragic events bring about a sense of loss and grief. Too many, too often, too hard to hear time and again.

Tragic events often provoke a sense of feeling overwhelmed, confused or uncertain about the future.

“It’s important to take care of yourself, and allow yourself permission to grieve,” said Pat Rogers, clinical director of mental health at FamilyMeans in Stillwater. “Be patient with yourself and others. Tragedy and loss affect each person differently, whether on a personal, local or global level. Whether you choose to talk to a friend, family member or a professional, it’s important to find a support system so you can share your emotions and talk through your concerns.”

There are many ways to approach discussing grief and loss, including these suggestions:

Know your support system. Identify who you may want to connect with should the need arise: family, friend, physician, faith contact, social worker or counselor can all provide support.

Be open to sharing your feelings. There is no right or wrong way to feel after a tragic event. People may feel sadness, anger, frustration, resentment or confusion. Be willing to talk about your fears and share your emotions. This step will allow you to begin processing how you feel.

Reach out for help. If you are feeling overwhelming grief, sadness or depression, do not try to resolve your feelings by yourself. Asking for help and guidance, or for someone to simply listen, will provide a positive step toward addressing the cause of the way you feel.

FamilyMeans offers counseling and therapy services for individuals of all ages, couples and families dealing with issues that include grief and loss, depression, anxiety, school concerns and family life issues among many other areas of concern.

Contact FamilyMeans at (651) 439-4840 to schedule an appointment with a professional.