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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.

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Getting Support for Chronic Grief

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.

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For Providers - 5 Tools to Support Service Members and Veterans

As a health care provider caring for service members and veterans, use campaign tools and resources to assist you as you care for our warriors.