|About Life Losses|
A life loss is a separation from a significant person, place, item, or event. There are small life losses and major life losses. Small life losses might include a change in plans, a frustration, a misplaced item, a forgotten activity or event, or a disappointment. Major life losses might include a divorce, a move to a different city or location, the death of a person or pet, a severe illness, a catastrophic event, or a violent experience.
All persons experience numerous life losses, small and major, throughout their lives. To cope with and resolve all life losses, people need to develop skills through which they process the cognitive and emotional impact of the loss and incorporate methods of resolution or completion within their lives.
People who can incorporate each loss in a positive way in their life develop strength of character and self-confidence which helps them cope with other losses.
People who cannot incorporate each loss in a positive way in their life succumb to a variety of behaviors and life choices derived to eliminate the emotional pain. These behaviors and life choices tend to be negative and destructive causing additional emotional pain and low self-esteem. This is often manifested through anger and/or depression.
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Don't forget to take care of yourself! Whether you're directly or indirectly impacted by a life loss, keeping your own balance will help yourself as well as those you may be assisting and/or responsible for during times of grief and loss. Click here to learn more.
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