Both grief and trauma have many faces. We can all feel grief at various times throughout our lives. We can lose a loved one, or lose a part of ourselves - a limb. Coping better with both grief and trauma means going through a process, or stages. We'll explore ways to help you through.
Unfortunately, many trauma sufferers believe that they've effectively managed through their trauma on their own by "putting it behind them," repressing, or ignoring the event(s) all together. And while this may seem like a logical solution on the surface, it rarely works.
Grief and traumatic life experiences challenge a person's normal coping efforts. Life events that may trigger a sense of grief and loss vary tremendously and may include death or illness of a partner, parent, child or other significant person, loss of a job, a pet, relocation, divorce, loss of relationship or separation.