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There can be a range of responses to loss, and listed below are some typical reactions that you may be experiencing personally or may recognize in others. These responses are all considered part of normal human reactions to loss.
Change in appetite
Difficulty solving problems
Preoccupation with the loss
Difficulty making decisions
Lowered attention span
Fears about one’s own mortality
Feelings of helplessness
Sense of hopelessness
When someone dies, their loss affects many people. Try not to pass judgment on others’ reactions, especially if they are different from your own. For some people a tragic event can trigger feelings and memories associated with other traumatic events in their lives. Family and friends might experience conflict resulting from the following:
Where there is little anyone can do to take away these difficult and uncomfortable feelings, there are several things you can do to help reduce the intensity of distress.