Losing a close friend or family member can be devastating. All the
small details of daily life — getting out of bed, making meals,
going to appointments, taking care of children, handling
responsibilities at work — may seem monumentally hard or
inconsequential. It is important for people to let the
nonessentials slide and focus on ways to get through this difficult
Dr. Michael Hirsch, a psychiatrist at Massachusetts General
Hospital and medical editor of Harvard Medical School's Special
Health Report Coping with
Grief and Loss: A Guide to Healing, offers the following
advice. Although some tips may seem basic, they are vital for
enabling people who are grieving to work through the process.
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