Posts Tagged ‘Men & Grief’

  1. Take some time for yourself. Go fishing, take long bike rides or walks in the woods, or spend a weekend or two alone at the beach.  This allows time to eliminate distractions momentarily.
  2. Don’t take on any news responsibilities.  Give up some.
  3. Allow yourself to cry.  This is a most healthy response because it not only lets out store-up tensions, but it releases toxins from your body.
  4. Deal with your natural anger by venting on things, not people.
  5. Talk with other bereaved fathers and focus on your feelings –not how to help your wife.  There is a good possibility that you need more help than she does.
  6. Talk with your wife about your feelings.  Listen to her.
  7. Accept the fact that men grieve differently from women, and talk to your wife about this.  Let her know your needs.
  8. Read about grief, the feelings and responses that you can expect to occur.  Discuss what you read with other bereaved fathers.
  9. Take one day at a time.  It’s the only way.

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