About Kris Peterson

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kris has written 22 articles so far, you can find them below.

Dealing With Long Term Grief

Grieving is a natural response to loss, whether this loss be the death of a loved one, the ending of an important or meaningful relationship, losing a job, losing important items through theft or through disability with losing one’s independence.The different stages of grief include the following: Denial, anger, bargaining, depression, and acceptance. Although there are five set stages of grief, the grieving path is not linear. The individual grieving can jump from one stage to another, and even skipping an entire stage in between, showing the grieving process is different for everyone. Though grieving is different for everyone, if they take care of themselves and their emotions, as well as seek out help – the individual can heal over time at their own pace.

There are guides to help an individual struggling with their grieving process, which overall explain two key components when dealing with grief:

  • It is important when grieving to seek support for your grief, whether that be through friends, family, a support group or therapist.
  • It is also important to take care of yourself, whether that be your physical or mental health. This would include facing your feelings, expressing these feelings in a tangible way, planning for grief “triggers” like holidays or anniversaries, and looking after your physical health – avoiding alcohol or drugs to numb the pain or grief.

As Elizabeth Kübler-Ross explains with the five stages of grief,

“They were never meant to help tuck messy emotions into neat packages. They are responses to loss that many people have, but there is not a typical response to loss, as there is no typical loss. Our grieving is as individual as our lives.”

In an article from Hospice Foundation of America describes the grieving for an individual,

“Instead of a series of stages, we might also think of the grieving process as a roller coaster, full of ups and downs, highs and lows. Like many roller coasters, the ride tends to be rougher in the beginning, the lows may be deeper and longer. The difficult periods should become less intense and shorter as time goes by, but it takes time to work through a loss.” 

Grieving is a difficult process that every individual will have to face in their lifetime, and the sadness that comes with grief will never completely disappear – but will heal with time. Although that is not always the case, if the pain of grief is so severe that it keeps the individual from resuming their everyday life – this could be a case of complicated grief. Complicated grief is described as feelings of loss that don’t improve even after time passes, painful emotions are so consuming that the individual has trouble resuming life. It is recommended that if an individual is unable to move through the stages of grief more than a year after a loss, to seek professional help to reclaim a sense of acceptance and begin healing.

 

To read more information about long term grief, complicated grief, or seeking help:

Grief is a complicated and long term process that doesn’t have a simple solution. Become a member of The American Academy of Bereavement today to find more resources on grief and its many facets.

Alzheimer’s And Palliative Care

November is a month that spreads awareness for Alzheimer’s disease. Alzheimer’s is an irreversible and progressive brain disorder that destroys memory and other important mental functions from problem-solving skills, and simple tasks to determining time or place, vision loss, and much more. This is a chronic disease, meaning it can last for years or can […] Continue reading →

Grieving a Lost Child

The above sculpture was created by a Slovakian art student named Martin Hudáček, titled: “The Child That Was Never Born” Working with a parent or parents after their child has died can be a daunting task. It can be difficult to ascertain what ‘normal’ grief is and when to involve other specialized health care professionals […] Continue reading →

Death of an Estranged Parent

There are many articles on parents with estranged adult children.  This article however will touch on adult children with estranged parents. When people hear about the loss or the impending loss of an estranged parent some people feel shocked and unprepared to experience the range of emotions of grief.  They may struggle with a wide […] Continue reading →

Surviving the Death of a Sibling

The Surviving Adult and Sibling Grief Sibling relationships are so complex because while growing up, siblings are both friends and enemies, teammates and competitors. People both play and fight with siblings. As children naturally seek security, attention, and love from parents, it is only normal to perceive brothers and sisters as competitors for these precious […] Continue reading →

Grieving an Incarcerated Loved One

Many families with a loved one in prison or jail experience economic hardship, especially if the incarcerated person was a primary wage-earner of the household.  You have to grieve the loss of that person in your day-to-day life, as well as deal with any extra struggles his or her loss brings. In addition, you have […] Continue reading →

Coping with Grief in the Classroom

“The act of providing help to others during difficult times may be beneficial to the provider as well as the recipient. It is empowering for children and adolescents to help others.” –American Psychological Association People naturally seek out others for solace and support during difficult times. Especially children who are still discovering their emotions and how to […] Continue reading →

Memorial Day

In the United States, Memorial Day is a federal holiday, held on the last Monday in May in the United States for remembering the people who died while serving in the country’s armed forces.  Originally known as Decoration Day, it began in the years following the Civil War and became an official federal holiday in 1971. […] Continue reading →

Emotional Support Animals

Animals have proven to be able to assist people in overcoming grief, which has led to a recent rise in the use of therapy animals; although animal-assisted therapy theory has been around since World War II. Emotional Support Animal vs Working Service Animal An Emotional Support Animal (ESA) or Comfort Animal is an animal that, by its […] Continue reading →