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1.     What other feelings may be felt along with grief when there's been a divorce in the family or when a friendship or a romance has been broken?
     hurt feelings, anger, and resentment
2.     Why do some people who are mourning a death experience feelings of guilt?
     They may have passed up opportunities to say or do something for the deceased person.
3.     Other than death, what kinds of events can trigger feelings of grief?
     a divorce in the family, a move to a new town, the onset of a chronic disease, the loss of a pet, the loss of respect, being cut from a sports team, being rejected by the college or university of your choice, having a miscarriage or an abortion/ Anytime you have to make a major readjustment in your life and adapt to something new, there will be some level of grief.
4.     What is "communal grief"?
     It occurs when an entire community, or even the whole country, feels affected by a horrific loss.
5.     What are some common symptoms of grief?
     waves of sadness/ tears/ loss of interest in food/ insomnia/ self-imposed isolation/ the shunning of formerly enjoyed activities/ the inability to tolerate being alone/ engaging in a whirlwind of activity/ feelings of fear or panic
6.     What five stages of grief were identified in terminally ill patients?
     denial, anger, bargaining, depression, acceptance
7.     What should you do when you're in the initial stages of grief?
     Take time to feel the pain. Don't repress or deny what you're feeling.
8.     Why should you take time to mentally review both the positive and negative feelings associated with the person or thing that you've lost?
     This will allow you to fix in your mind a whole and realistic picture and it will keep you from idealizing what your life was like prior to the loss.
9.     Why do people sometimes turn to risky or self-destructive behaviors during periods of grief?
     These behaviors sometimes distract them from their pain.
10.     Why do grieving people sometimes get involved in a sexual relationship?
     They want to feel physically and emotionally close to someone.
11.     Why is it a bad idea to turn to drugs or alcohol during a time of grief?
     These substances impede and hamper the grieving process in the long-run.
12.     When do many people have their first major experience with grief?
     during the teen years
13.     Why are grieving teens at a high risk for self-destruction?
     They haven't previously experienced recovery from grief, so they don't know that eventually, life will be good again.
14.     How long should the grieving process last?
     There is no set length of time for grieving.
15.     Why is a support network a good idea during grief recovery?
     It will help the griever to make the transition into a new period of life.
16.     Why is it good to resume normal activities, bit by bit?
     The griever will then see that some things are still the same, in spite of the loss.
17.     How can you help someone who's grieving?
     Simply be there for him or for her and let the person know that you value having him or her in your life.
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