Managing Loss

Managing Loss

Mental Health Tips from William James College Faculty: Managing Loss

Tips for Helping People Cope with Loss:

  • Assist them in recognizing, naming and exploring their experience.
  • Provide information about the customary course of, or response to their type of loss, while also validating their unique, individual experience.
  • Re-grieving, sometimes with the use of such items photos, films, journals, visits, can be used as tools in giving meaning to and gaining mastery in response to the loss.
  • Work toward helping people accept the loss, including all the attendant emotions.
  • Encourage the involvement of others who can provide support – family and/or close friends, as well as referral to a support group.
  • Be present and available and listen.


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