The momentous events of life, as the death of a loved one, the newly diagnosed health problems and job loss can happen at any age. However, as people age, these events become more common. Grief is a normal and healthy response to loss, but over time, can become a burden on the emotional and mental health and even may cause depression. If you are a caregiver or spend time with an adult, learn how to help your loved one cope with a loss.
It is important to remember that there is a way “right” to grieve. Everyone is different, and each loss is different. Give your loved one’s time and space to grieve in their own way.
The most important thing you can do is listen. You may not know what to say to comfort your loved one. That’s fine. Your loved one may simply need someone to talk about their feelings. If you are nervous or uncomfortable, try to remember the following tips:
Feelings of grief and loss can be overwhelming, and may even small tasks seem exhausting. Do not wait for your loved one get help. Instead, offer to make dinner, do some shopping, look for a prescription, or do some housework. It is more likely that your loved one accept help if it makes a specific offer, instead of saying “tell me if you need help.”
The symptoms of grief and symptoms of depression are quite similar. While it is normal for a person to feel sad after a loss, the feelings associated with bereavement should be temporary.Your loved one may be depressed if:
If you notice any of these signs, talk to the family doctor of your loved one. Your doctor can help treat depression, so that your loved one can begin to feel better.