Grief & Loss
The Healing Process: Handling Loss
Chapter 12 inLetting Go With Love: The Grieving Process discusses the issues important to handling
losses in your life. Factors include, your historical coping style, the
closeness you had to the loved one, the degree of emotional bond, the type
of loss; it is very different losing a job and losing a spouse for
example. The way you have handled previous losses in your life is
important. If you swept your feeling under the carpet, a new loss can tip
the emotional scales and recovery can be longer and more difficult.
On the other hand, if you have dealt with each loss as it
happened in your life, you will be able to cope with the most recent loss
easier and heal faster. Losing a person you have been living with involves
letting go of these daily habits and complicates the grieving process. It
is important to monitor your reaction to small losses, so that when a
major loss occurs in your life you will have some insight into what to
expect of yourself. Knowledge is power. Know thyself!