Dealing with Grief: An ABC News Tweet Chat

Grief is a natural human emotion, but its effects can vary from person to person. Dr. Andrea Braverman, a health psychologist in Jefferson’s Obstetrics and Gynecology department, recently participated in an ABC News Twitter Chat on the subject. Here are some facts and tips on dealing with grief:

  1. The stages of grief are not linear, but can include: sadness, feeling overwhelmed, anger, disconnect from faith and loneliness.
  2. Grief can have physical and mental affects including: body pain, loss of appetite, compromised immune response, confusion, disinterest and feeling isolated.
  3. Long-term grief can have consequences like poor self-care, resulting in medical problems.
  4. To move forward from grief, use professional resources like counselors, support groups and strengthen your personal support system.
  5. Signs someone may need help in coping with their grief include: isolation, inability to manage daily activities, guilt, feeling nothing but overwhelmed and depression (not sadness).
  6. Even professionals like Dr. Braverman must cope with grief. She does so by seeking the counsel of her colleagues and “holding on to what I have, while acknowledging what is gone.”

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