Sunday, September 23, 2012

How Long Does Grief Last?

Grief is a very individual thing.  I recently had a widow ask me how long it took me to get over my grief.  So how long does it take to stop grieving for your husband?  It depends on a lot of different things.  Mostly it depends on the person who is grieving.

There is no set time to “finish” grieving.  For many of us there are events that will evoke the grief response for years after the acute grief has passed.  For me it took several years.  For you it may be different.

So what can you do to get through your grief?  First, be patient with yourself.  Grieving is natural and is different in different people.  Second, remember there is no “normal time” for grief to go away.  Don’t be overly concerned about people who tell you they got over their grief much faster.  Third, Grief groups can be beneficial in helping you through your grief.  If you feel you need more assistance seek out a grief counselor who can help your deal with your loss.
Weeping may endure for the night, but joy comes in the morning.

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