When a tragedy occurs, processing grief and facing changes to family life can be overwhelming to everyone. For the surviving loved ones and adults, it is important to offer support and hope to children. Knowing how children may react when coping with loss can help everyone through the grieving process.
Grief & Loss
Grief and loss are common parts of life both in and out of uniform. You may experience either for many reasons. You may lose a loved one, experience divorce, or suffer a life-changing injury. No matter the reason, coping can be difficult.
Everybody experiences grief and loss differently. Some may experience difficulty sleeping, intense or lasting feelings of sadness, or even guilt. These reactions can affect personal relationships, job performance or health.
If you or someone you know has suffered a loss of any kind, a health care professional can help with coping and recovery. Use the following resources to learn more about grief, loss and how reaching out is a sign of strength.
Loss is a common part of life in and out of uniform. When thinking about loss, tragedy like the death of a loved one may come to mind. However, you and your family might experience feelings of loss for many reasons.
Common causes of loss include:
Coping with the loss of a fellow service member, friend, or loved one can be one of life’s most difficult experiences. For most people, grief decreases over time. It may give way to acceptance, recovery and even personal growth.
However, you or someone you know may struggle with grief. It is sometimes too difficult to move past your losses and you can become stuck in an ongoing cycle of chronic grief. Medical professionals call this complicated grief.