Should we prepare for grief and trauma in our lives? 2

Grief and Trauma are a part of life and cannot be overlooked. Death, tragedy and other forms of trauma will lead to grief and in many cases a need for grief counselling.

When a loved one dies family members need comfort. They need to be with others who are prepared to listen, who will try to understand or who have suffered a similar tragic loss.

Loss can take on many forms and in most instances results in trauma and/or grief. The death of a loved one, a loss of health, the breakdown of a relationship, moving away from home and even shattered dreams are some examples of loss which can have a traumatic impact on an individual and result in grief and/or trauma. Sometimes an event such as burglary, murder, rape or hi-jacking can be traumatic. These in turn lead to a sense of grief of sorrow and of loss.

A loss is often followed by intense painful emotions we call Grief – the more significant the loss, the more intense the grief. We all know that at some time or other we will experience loss. Loss is one of the events in life for which we are least prepared. Loss is an event we do not mentally equip ourselves for. Suffering a loss is something we do not plan.

Learning to cope is never about “getting over it” but rather about learning to cope with and learning to function again after the event. It is about looking into the future with a sense of excitement and challenge.

We experience feelings of grief in so many areas of our lives and often the way we cope with those feelings is by pushing them aside and ignoring the pain. This leads to a situation where we prolong the pain and continually carry emotional baggage that impacts in a negative way on our lives.


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2 thoughts on “Should we prepare for grief and trauma in our lives?

  • Des Squire Post author

    I agree Sakuntla. Like all inevitable issues in life we need to prepare for the inevitable and companies I feel should do more to assist employees in preparation. what about those about to loose jobs or about to be retrenched. Don’t they deserve some form of assistance in preparing for the inevitable? Wives and husbands I believe should prepare for the time when they find themselves alone. We need to be pro-active.

  • Sakuntla Ranchod

    There are many ways to cope with this grief and loss. Many employers understandably loose productivity as a result. Introducing interventions like breathwork, counselling,etc can prove to be a useful tool in the long run.