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Coping With Grief and Loss

by Legacy Staff

Legacy offers advice from leading experts, helpful information related to loss, and grief support groups to help you cope with the death of someone important to you. Connect with others, find comfort and inspiration, and begin to heal.

The Five Stages of Grief

If you’ve ever been through a loss, or observed a friend who was grieving, you probably recognize the overwhelming emotions described in these stages. But you might also be thinking that the grief you’ve experienced wasn’t quite that tidy.

What to Expect When You Are Grieving

Grief is the natural healing process that occurs after a significant loss. We all experience it uniquely, with emotional, physical, and social reactions that vary from person to person. It is experienced uniquely by each of us, often in waves, with emotional, cognitive, physical and social responses varying in terms of the intensity, duration, and order of our reactions to the loss.


Find Comfort in Legacy’s Grief Support Groups

Although everyone experiences bereavement and grief differently, that doesn’t mean that you have to do it alone. In Legacy.com’s grief support groups, you’ll find help from others who have stood where you are standing right now. Our private Facebook groups offer a safe space to share your bereavement and connect with others experiencing the same kind of loss you are.

What Helps When We’re Experiencing the Unthinkable

What happens to our bodies when we get the terrible news that someone has died? And how do we get through it? Whatever the source of the information, we experience the impact immediately, and we do respond.

“Do I Have to Cry to Grieve?” and Other Common Questions About Loss

Grief brings a multitude of emotions—and a lot of questions. If you are grieving the loss of someone important, you may be experiencing feelings you’ve never felt before. Some may be surprising or disconcerting, or even cause you to wonder, “Is this normal?”

8 Surprising Things You May Feel After a Loved One’s Death

We’ve all heard of the five stages of grief, but there’s no set limit on how many emotions we’ll feel. So it may be surprising to learn that other emotions might appear that can be downright unexpected and uncomfortable.

Why Is It So Hard to Ask for Help?

It’s really tough to ask for help. And yet we all face experiences that are so difficult, it is impossible to cope by ourselves. And yet we all face experiences that are so difficult, it is impossible to cope by ourselves. Some folks know the right things to do but others will look to you for guidance.

Understanding Mourning

Mourning is an essential part of the grief experience. Though grief never truly goes away, we can work through it and achieve some healing — but this won’t happen easily when feelings are bottled up and not expressed.

People Want to Be Helpful, But…

Grievers must cope with what people don’t say—and what they do. Some people are so uncomfortable with the experience of death and grieving individuals that they avoid any mention of the loss.

Mysterious Happenings After a Death

Many of us experience some kind of unusual phenomenon when we are grieving. Often we are embarrassed to talk about these unusual events. Ordinary people—and lots of us—experience most extraordinary occurrences when we are grieving.

Grief Changes You: Adapting to Life After Loss

You cannot go into such a deeply emotional loss and just pick up where you were before the death occurred. You are forever changed, but that does not have to be a bad thing. As you rebuild your life and discover your “new normal,” you may discover aspects of yourself that you did not you had in you.

Why Some Families Don’t Stick Together After the Death of a Loved One

Family conflict after a loss is common. Here are some of the reasons why. We’d guess that your situation reflects some or all of the probabilities listed.

How Long Is This Grieving Going to Last?

We feel so bad when we are grieving that it is not a surprise when we wonder, “How long will I have this terrible pain? Will this suffering ever end?” There is no right or wrong amount of time an individual should take to grieve. That being said, what else can we note about time and grieving?

What is Bereavement Leave?

Losing a loved one is difficult. In addition to the emotional toll, there are arrangements to be made, people to be contacted, documents gathered. Bereavement leave gives an employee time to grieve with family and friends and to handle end-of-life details.

You Know You Are Getting Better When…

The progress through grief is so slow that it is difficult to see signs of improvement. Here are clues that you are beginning to work through your grief.

How to Talk to Children About Death

The death of a family member, friend, or community member can be a traumatic experience for a child or teen. Here’s what to expect from a grieving child and what you can say and do to help a child after a death.

What Adults Can Learn from Teen Grievers

Teens grieve for their peers differently than adults do, and some of their practices may be healthier. We adults have a lot to offer teens by way of experience. We expect them to learn from us. And yet, there are times when adults can learn from them.

When Your Child Dies, Your World Turns Upside Down

There are no words that can express what it feels like to lose a child. We do know that the sense of feeling lost is very common when a tragedy like this strikes. We’d guess it feels like your world is literally upside down and nothing makes sense.

Grief After Pregnancy and Infant Loss: You Are Not Alone

Grieving the loss of a pregnancy or the loss of an infant can be alienating, overwhelming, and even crippling. Rebekah Mitchell, the founder and president of Mommies Enduring Neonatal Death (M.E.N.D.), wants you to know that you’re not alone.

The Love of My Life Is Gone… Will I Ever Feel Whole Again?

Whether you’ve known your partner a few months or been married for 50 years, when your significant other dies, it may feel like part of you is gone too. Here is some expert advice on coping with the death of your spouse or partner.

When Your Parent Dies

It’s never easy to console someone whose spouse has died, but it’s especially challenging when the deceased is your own parent. How can you comfort your surviving parent while dealing with your own loss?

What It Feels Like to Lose a Sibling

The sibling bond is a special relationship. When your sister or brother dies, you lose someone who knew you in a special way. The death of your brother or sister can affect you profoundly.

How to Honor a Friend

The death of a friend can leave a big hole in your heart. Here’s one way to help yourself heal.

The Pain of Losing a Pet

For many of us, our circle of loved ones is not limited to humans. Often, we love our cats, dogs, rabbits, or even lizards as intensely as we do our dearest human companions. The grief we feel when a pet dies should come as no surprise. But, yet, it often does.

Grief After a Long Goodbye: Losing a Loved One to Illness

It’s difficult to witness the physical and mental decline of a loved one with a debilitating illness. In fact, it’s hard not to grieve while they are still alive. Just because we know a loved one is dying doesn’t mean we are prepared for the loss.

Coping with a Sudden Death

In both sudden death and anticipated death, there is pain. However, while the grief is not greater in sudden death, the capacity to cope is diminished.  What to do when the shock of an unexpected death is overwhelming.

Losing a Loved One to Suicide

Around the world each year, more than 1 million people die by suicide and many millions more attempt to kill themselves. Learn what individuals and organizations around the world are doing to prevent suicide and get advice to help you cope with the suicide death of someone you love.

The Grief of Families Facing Addiction

One in every seven Americans will experience a substance use disorder. When someone shows signs of struggling, they need to get medical help — quickly. Society wants to pretend addiction is not the horrific problem it is. Grieving families know the truth.

What to Do When a Veteran Dies

When you’re grieving a loss, just the idea of paperwork may feel overwhelming. But when your partner was a member of the armed services, you know that needing signatures and signoffs is part of the process. Here’s a checklist of what you have to do when a U.S. military veteran passes away.

Why We Need Funerals

There’s much more to a funeral than meets the eye. In fact, a funeral is as much about the living as it is about the deceased. It’s an important ritual that’s a crucial part of the grieving process.Learn about mourning traditions and get tips on how to plan a funeral that is meaningful and affordable.

So, Who Gets Mom’s China?

In almost every estate, there are priceless treasures. In some situations, they have great monetary value. In others, they have almost no value but hold deep sentimental worth to surviving loved ones. All of this can lead to bad feelings when it comes time to divvy up the items. Here are 4 tips to help prevent inheritance disagreements before they begin.

No Holiday from Grief: Significant Events Without Your Loved One

Life doesn’t stop with the death of a loved one. The seasons pass and holidays come and go.  Life cycle events and milestones continue to happen…Life goes on. How do we handle life’s happy moments after the death of someone we love?

Moving Forward, Connected Still

It is said that in order to heal from the pain of grief, we must grow beyond our loved one’s presence in our life and that this means we leave behind the life we once had and move forward to create a new one. We do not heal from leaving our loved ones behind. We heal from bringing them with us.

Turning Grief Into Purpose

These remarkable women turned personal loss into an external source of comfort. How to turn personal loss into a source of comfort and strength.

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