Grief & loss

Managing grief

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How to manage feelings around grief and loss

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People grieve and cope with loss in their own individual way. Consider the following:

  • Allow yourself to grieve

    Create time and space to experience the range of emotions that come following a loss. It is important to be able to identify and acknowledge the emotions you are experiencing. You may find it helpful to write down what you are thinking and feeling. There is no right or wrong, simply your own experience. You may find it helpful to talk with a close friend or family member about your experience. Someone you can trust and rely on to listen to you.

  • Take care of yourself

    Eat well, hydrate, exercise and get plenty of sleep. Try to maintain normal routines wherever possible. Initially, you may consider taking time out from work and study commitments to lessen the stress on you at this time. Do not place unrealistic expectations on yourself and avoid making big decisions.

  • Accept help from others

    Let family and friends know what they can do to help. Consider talking to a health professional or joining a support group to share your experience and listen to the experience of others in a similar situation.

  • Avoid negative coping strategies and avoidance techniques

    You may find in the short-term that it is easier to use substances such as alcohol and drugs as the experience of intense pain and sadness is reduced temporarily. However, these avoidance strategies only delay the grieving process and have a negative impact on our emotional and physical well-being. Identify other healthy coping strategies such as exercise or meditation to bring some relief.

  • Prepare for stressful events

    Birthdays and other special occasions or certain places may elicit a strong emotional response. Be aware of this and identify what you can do to cope. Plan an activity or engage in a ritual at this time to remember and acknowledge the loss. Allow yourself to celebrate the happy memories you have.

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