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Student Center, Rm. 103
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Wayne, NE 68787

Phone: 402.375.7321
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Personal Counseling > Grief and Loss > Recovering From Grief


:: Grieving people may experience similar feelings ::
:: How to help a friend cope with loss :: Myths about grief ::
::  Recovering from grief :: Help is available ::

  • Recognize the loss: It has happened - try not to avoid it.

  • Accept the grief: To feel pain after a loss is normal. Do not try to be "brave".

  • Express and honor personal feelings.

  • You are not alone: Loss and grief are universal - everyone experiences them.

  • Talk about your feelings: Share your grief with others. Talk with those you trust.

  • It's OK to feel depressed: Take time to be sad and to cry.

  • It's OK to feel angry: We all act angry over a loss - learn to channel it wisely.

  • Take care of yourself: Eat properly and exercise regularly.

  • Keep busy: Plan your days - activity will give you a sense of order. Avoid over-activity.

  • Seek comfort: Accept support from others. Be gentle with yourself.

  • Reaffirm your beliefs: Take advantage of your faith - lean on it.

  • Postpone major decisions: Expect your judgment to be clouded for a while.

  • Keep a journal: Put your thoughts on paper - it is a good way to let your feelings out.

  • Be Open: Give yourself opportunities to meet new people, places, ideas and experiences, but don't forget to build on the past. Don't discard what has been worthwhile to you.

  • Give yourself time to heal: The greater the loss - the more time it will take. Never compare yourself to another grieving person.

  • Expect relapses: There will always be things that trigger saddness again - this is normal.

  • Always maintain hope: You will survive your loss.


Ron Vick, MA, LPC
Counselor / Academic Advisor
Int'l Student Advisor




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