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I draw comfort from meditation, prayer and spending time in nature. These activities help me take a more spiritual view of my situation.

I have trouble falling asleep and, when I do, my sleep is restless and I wake up feeling tired.

Although I am still deeply grieving, I worry that I should be over it by now, or that others think I should have moved on already.

I cry often and am afraid I won’t ever be able to stop.

In order to better handle my grief, I try to get enough sleep, eat well and avoid numbing my pain with alcohol or other substances and behaviors.

I know that trying to avoid my pain will only prolong my grieving; therefore, I make time to really face all my feelings.

I don’t want to burden my friends and loved ones with my grief so I put on a smile and hide what I’m really feeling.

I feel as if I have to be strong for others, so I focus on taking care of them instead of myself.

I don’t feel much interest in activities that I used to really enjoy.

I feel empty inside and am not sure anymore what point there is in going on.

I have a support group, coach or counselor, along with the support of my friends and family, to help me work through my intense emotions and overcome obstacles to my grieving.

Journaling and other creative outlets help me explore and express what I’m feeling.

Although my feelings are all over the place and sometimes I feel as if I am “going crazy,” I know that this is a normal response to loss.

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Rayna Neises: A Season of Caring

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