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Realistic Expectations

Kara Walk-N-Run

Realistic Expectations about Grief

Grief will take longer than most people think.

Grief takes more energy than we ever imagine.

Grief shows itself in all spheres of our life, in the emotional , social, physical, and spiritual.

We feel grief not only for the actual person we lost, but also for our hopes, dreams, unfulfilled expectations, and unmet needs.

New losses bring up unresolved grief from our past, often forcing us to cope with an array of confusing feelings at once.

Grief can temporarily affect our decision-making and problem-solving abilities and cause difficulties in concentrating.

Sometimes grief makes us feel we "are going crazy."

Society has unrealistic expectations about grief and the mourning process and people may respond inappropriately to you.

Grief may cause a variety of physical symptoms, like sleeplessness, tightness in the chest, and decreased energy.

Family members may not always provide the support we expect. And their grief may be very different from ours. Sometimes people have the necessary social support to help them through loss. But more often, they need to reach out for support, let others know what they need, and actively build a network that facilitates personal growth and renewal.