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People come and go. This could be taken in a literal or a figurative sense. Either way, both involve the pain of losing. However, a permanent loss entails grieving. If a loved one dies, it is common for his family and friends to be intertwined in the intricate mesh of emotions and reactions. At some point, it is overwhelming and most of the time, it is painful. People have different ways of grieving. The psychological, social and physical effects that this experience brings could not be measured in a standard way; however, the possible grieving reaction that one can have could help him cope with the loss that he is suffering.


This is usually when a loved one passed away suddenly. The family and friends are often left in great shocked at what happened. Many are confused and are in disbelief that such a thing would happen to their loved one. Generally, death is perceived to be a horrible and a devastating event that the living family and friends could not comprehend. In times like this, the family and friends might be in denial that their loved one could only be seen lying down in a casket in the Perth funeral homes. This, then, becomes their normal grief reaction and serves as their coping mechanism to accept the sudden death of their loved one.


While some are in denial, some are angered by the incident. They feel like they were left out and abandoned. The anger that they feel can be towards the loved one who left them, the doctors who failed to save the loved one, or the criminals who initiated the loved one’s death. The angered family and friends are most common on the homicide victims. This propels the family and friends to create revenge plans towards the criminal who instigated the plans. Revenge plans could include the murderer suffering at a crueler and more savage way than the victim did. Although these are all normal reactions that the family and friends could have, it is important a support group remains present to appease the survivors’ anger and help them obtain acceptance and healing.


Apart from denial and anger, the survivors could also feel some sort of guilt towards their deceased loved one. This guilt could stem from unresolved conflict or prevention regrets. The former could be a disagreement among family members or relatives, while the latter could regret believing that death could have been prevented if another path was taken. Unlike the denial and anger when the cause of death remains uncontrollable, the guilt among family and friends occurs when the cause of the death of the deceased stems from a controllable factor. This emphasizes the feeling of accountability towards the said death. While the survivors go through this phase, it remains important for the other survivors to comfort them to alleviate them of the guilty feeling and to help them move on with their lives.

Admit it. Losing a loved one is such a painful experience to go through since death is an inevitable part of life. Although grieving is long and a painful process, there are coping mechanisms that one could employ through the help of family, friends, and support group.

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