Dealing with Grief and Loss!

April 2021

Grief and Loss: An Introduction

At multiple points in your life, you will experience grief. Unfortunately, grief is inevitable and inescapable. Hopefully, you’re able to move through the pain to the other side of healing with relative ease over time. However, some losses hit harder than others. If you or someone you love finds themselves completely knocked down or struggling for a prolonged period, it might be a sign to seek professional help in the form of grief counseling.

It’s also important to note that grief is not limited to feelings of sadness. It can also involve tangential feelings like guilt, yearning, anger, and regret that arise from loss and trauma. Emotions are often surprising in their strength and can be confusing for someone who’s never experienced loss before. Loss also isn’t necessarily defined by death and sorrow. Someone could find themselves grieving a painful relationship that ended abruptly. Another may mourn a loved one who died from cancer and yet feel conflicting relief that the person is no longer suffering. Grief is complicated.

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Coping with the Loss of Your Loved One

Whether it was a parent, child, spouse- death was expected or by suicide this resource provides helpful information to help you cope with the death of someone you love.

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The Grieving Process: Coping with Death
Brief Grief Survey

Please share your grief experience.

Knowing What To Say


The Best Things to Say to Someone in Grief

1. I am so sorry for your loss.
2. I wish I had the right words, just know I care.
3. I don’t know how you feel, but I am here to help in any way I can.
4. You and your loved one will be in my thoughts and prayers.
5. My favorite memory of your loved one is…
6. I am always just a phone call away
7. Give a hug instead of saying something
8. We all need help at times like this, I am here for you
9. I am usually up early or late, if you need anything
10. Saying nothing, just be with the person


The Worst Things to Say to Someone in Grief

1. At least she lived a long life, many people die young

2. He is in a better place
3. She brought this on herself
4. There is a reason for everything
5. Aren’t you over him yet, he has been dead for awhile now
6. You can have another child still
7. She was such a good person God wanted her to be with him
8. I know how you feel
9. She did what she came here to do and it was her time to go
10. Be strong

Loss of a Relationship

Breaking up with your partner is like a death

Encouragement Corner!

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Tip of the Month!

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Who to Contact

If you or someone you know are grieving and need assistance, please email either:

Ronnie.hunter@youngstown.k12.oh.us (Social Worker) or

Margo.kondela@youngstown.k12.oh.us (Counselor)

All inquiries are confidential.