Richard Challoner School

Steps to Take When You’re Trying to Serve Through Grief

"When it hits you, grief seems to have a way of totally consuming you. Perhaps it is grief over the loss of a friend or family member, perhaps you are doing poorly in school, or perhaps you’ve experienced a break up. Regardless of what it is I hope you know that your sorrow is justified.

I recently experienced a sense of grief that I have never experienced before. In October one of the teens I work with suddenly passed away and just a little over a week after that we lost one of my family members. In the weeks and months that followed I found myself trying very hard to pretend that I was okay, to be strong for everyone around me, and to pretend that I had everything together. In the midst of this, everything around me felt like it was falling apart. I was struggling to make deadlines at work, my friendships and relationships were falling apart, I became very irritable, and there were even days I didn’t want to get out of bed.

After months of feeling this way I knew I had to claw myself out of the hole I was in and find a way to cope that was healthy. Below you will find 6 ways that I have found to help you cope in a healthy way."

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