Grief: An Essential Part of Mental Health

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Death is inevitable, it is the one thing that everyone is guaranteed. Coping with death is also something that everyone will have to go through at some point in their lives. Though many would like to think there is a “one size fits all” way to grief, there simply is not. There is not a set timeline, nor is there a correct way to grieve. Everyone is different.

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Some put their feelings away and make everything a joke, some turn inward and refuse to talk about it. Others, turn to journaling or some form of spiritual healing. No matter how you deal with the death of a loved one, know it is necessary to deal with it.

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Grieving the loss of a loved one is required, for someone to “move on” with their life. No, I am not suggesting that you should forget all your precious memories to move on from missing your loved one, I am simply suggesting that you must learn a new normal living without them.

I think this is the hardest part. Accepting a new normal is hard, for me anyways. I, like many I am sure, really despise change in general. Two years after the death of my treasured step-father, I still find myself tearing up when I hear any AC DC song. Old school rock and roll was his thing, he would listen to it in his truck, on the house speakers, etc. Honestly, I think he would listen to it anywhere he could blast it.

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Grieving is essential for one’s mental health to stay upright. It may take you a while to realize what you are going through, and how to cope with it. However, once you get to this point, you will be in a better mental state.

 

Grief therapy and other services are available via a secure video platform. Schedule your appointment today at Destination Greatness Mental Health Services.

Keep on, keeping on.

 

Katheryn Burton

Clemson University, BS Psychology ’18

Case Management Intern

Destination Greatness, PLLC

 

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Grief: An Essential Part of Mental Health

Uncategorized

Death is inevitable, it is the one thing that everyone is guaranteed. Coping with death is also something that everyone will have to go through at some point in their lives. Though many would like to think there is a “one size fits all” way to grief, there simply is not. There is not a set timeline, nor is there a correct way to grieve. Everyone is different.

sad boy.jpeg

Some put their feelings away and make everything a joke, some turn inward and refuse to talk about it. Others, turn to journaling or some form of spiritual healing. No matter how you deal with the death of a loved one, know it is necessary to deal with it.

journaling

Grieving the loss of a loved one is required, for someone to “move on” with their life. No, I am not suggesting that you should forget all your precious memories to move on from missing your loved one, I am simply suggesting that you must learn a new normal living without them.

I think this is the hardest part. Accepting a new normal is hard, for me anyways. I, like many I am sure, really despise change in general. Two years after the death of my treasured step-father, I still find myself tearing up when I hear any AC DC song. Old school rock and roll was his thing, he would listen to it in his truck, on the house speakers, etc. Honestly, I think he would listen to it anywhere he could blast it.

grief one

 

Grieving is essential for one’s mental health to stay upright. It may take you a while to realize what you are going through, and how to cope with it. However, once you get to this point, you will be in a better mental state.

 

 

Keep on, keeping on.

 

Katheryn Burton

Clemson University, BS Psychology ’18

Case Management Intern

Destination Greatness, PLLC

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Getting Through The Holidays

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Death is inevitable, we all have lost someone close, and if you haven’t you will one day. With the upcoming holidays, I thought I would write a post that directly relates to grief and the holidays.

Everyone grieves differently, however, for many the holidays are a tough time of year, especially for a family who has recently lost someone important.sad girl

For many, remembering the sweet memories that a person left behind, is a wonderful way to remember them. Reminiscing on funny stories, weddings, and other things are often comforting to people.

 

While the holidays seem like you are just meant to just forget about your loved one, there are many ways you can honor them during the holiday season.

 

  1. grief oneLight a candle, in their honor while your family is gathering, though they are not physically there, they can be there in spirit.
  1. Keep their pictures up. When someone dies, it doesn’t mean you should just get rid of their things around the house. By keeping their pictures up, you can see their sweet faces whenever you want. Sometimes seeing that sweet smile is what you need to get you through the day.

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3. Continue their traditions. Regardless, if it is watching
g a parade Thanksgiving morning or having their favorite dish at the family dinner, make sure you continue to keep their traditions going. Especially the first couple of holidays without them.

By doing all of these simple things, you can honor your loved one that has past and your loved ones who are still with you, respectfully. By doing small things like listed above, you shouldn’t offend anyone, and you shouldn’t make anyone uncomfortable.

 

Happy Thanksgiving!

 

Keep on Keeping on.

 

Katheryn Burton

Clemson University, BS Psychology ’18

Case Management Intern

Destination Greatness, PLLC

 

 

 

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Destination Greatness is a mental health and substance abuse psychotherapy agency dedicated to assisting individuals and families in maximizing their level of functioning on all life domains in pursuit of Greatness. Destination Greatness provide individuals and families with the opportunity to live more fulfilling and meaningful lives. Destination Greatness strives to enrich each individual and family through greater self-awareness, focus on strengths, and belief in a greater destiny.

 

 

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Be a Friend, Lend your Ear.

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After seeing one of my best friends experience an unimaginable loss over the Thanksgiving holiday, I felt the need to talk about how to  be there for someone.

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No one can get through devastating situations alone. It is important for people to understand, how to be there for someone who is beginning to start the grief process.

It is important for everyone to understand that people who are experiencing grief don’t always need someone to talk with, many times they just need someone around them. Having a person just to keep them company can help them with their grief.

Sometimes, as a friend or family member, you just need to lend your ear to listen to them, you don’t have to know what to say back, chances are they just need someone to talk to, not someone who will talk back.

Be there for your friend or family member to cry on. There’s an old saying, about a friend will always be a shoulder to cry on. They may not need to right away, but at some point, during their grieving process, they will likely just need someone to hold and comfort them.

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Let them know that you will be there no matter what, if it is just to check in on them, or stay with them for hours. It is important that your friend or family member knows you are there for whatever they need.

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Lastly, pray for your friend or family member. It is always important to pray for your loved ones, but they need it more than ever when they are going through the grieving process.

 

 

Keep on Keeping on.

 

Katheryn Burton

Clemson University, BS Psychology ’18

Case Management Intern

Destination Greatness, PLLC

 

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About Destination Greatness

Destination Greatness is a mental health and substance abuse psychotherapy agency dedicated to assisting individuals and families in maximizing their level of functioning on all life domains in pursuit of Greatness. Destination Greatness provide individuals and families with the opportunity to live more fulfilling and meaningful lives. Destination Greatness strives to enrich each individual and family through greater self-awareness, focus on strengths, and belief in a greater destiny.

 

 

 

 

Grief: An Essential Part of Mental Health

Uncategorized

Death is inevitable, it is the one thing that everyone is guaranteed. Coping with death is also something that everyone will have to go through at some point in their lives. Though many would like to think there is a “one size fits all” way to grief, there simply is not. There is not a set timeline, nor is there a correct way to grieve. Everyone is different.

sad boy.jpeg

Some put their feelings away and make everything a joke, some turn inward and refuse to talk about it. Others, turn to journaling or some form of spiritual healing. No matter how you deal with the death of a loved one, know it is necessary to deal with it.

journaling

Grieving the loss of a loved one is required, for someone to “move on” with their life. No, I am not suggesting that you should forget all your precious memories to move on from missing your loved one, I am simply suggesting that you must learn a new normal living without them.

I think this is the hardest part. Accepting a new normal is hard, for me anyways. I, like many I am sure, really despise change in general. Two years after the death of my treasured step-father, I still find myself tearing up when I hear any AC DC song. Old school rock and roll was his thing, he would listen to it in his truck, on the house speakers, etc. Honestly, I think he would listen to it anywhere he could blast it.

grief one

 

Grieving is essential for one’s mental health to stay upright. It may take you a while to realize what you are going through, and how to cope with it. However, once you get to this point, you will be in a better mental state.

 

 

Keep on, keeping on.

 

Katheryn Burton

Clemson University, BS Psychology ’18

Case Management Intern

Destination Greatness, PLLC

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