Help with grief..I'm in shock?!

Question: Help with grief..I'm in shock?
My cousin who was three years older than me (i'm 16) died yesterday, and i'm in shock. I don't know what to do with myself.


Celebrate his/her life by being the best person you can be. Be there for the family, but surround yourself with as many people that you care for. Life is not fair, and your cousin was cheated of a long life. Never let him/her out of your heart, but you must take care of yourself. Take as much time as you need to mourn, and try to help all your loved ones to deal with their grief. Try not to get angry, as you are even more important then you ever were. The loss of someone we love will hopefully teach us the depth of real love. You do not deserve to face this type of tragedy at such a young age. Be the person you believe your cousin would be proud to have as their cousin. Right now, do whatever seems right to help you get through this sadness. There is no right or wrong for you at this moment. I am so sorry for your loss. Take care!

My sincere condolences go to anyone suffering grief from any cause. Some suggestions, and resources: See: Call: The Grief Recovery Institute (U.S.A.) 1-800-445-4808, or Hospice (phone book). Email Chatrooms and forums: & & Other websites: & & & & & & & There is a grief support group at: Also try Groups, at and & At type "grief" in the taskbar, and enter. Helping others grieve, and helping children grieve are some topics at: Understand that there are often several stages of grief. Those stages are: Denial: The initial stage: "It can't be happening." Anger: "Why ME? It's not fair?!" (either referring to oneself, anybody, or anything perceived, rightly or wrongly, as "responsible") Bargaining: "Just let me live to see my son graduate." Depression: "I'm so sad, why bother with anything?" Acceptance: "It's going to be alright. Growth: Grief is a chance for personal growth. For many people, it may eventually lead to renewed energy to invest in new activities and new relationships. Some people seek meaning in their loss and get involved in causes or projects that help others. They may find a new compassion in themselves as a result of the pain they have suffered. They may become more sensitive to others, thus enabling richer relationships. Others find new strength and independence they never knew they had. After the loss, they find new emotional resources that had not been apparent beforeKübler-Ross originally applied these stages to any form of catastrophic personal loss (job, income, freedom). This also includes the death of a loved one and divorce.

Kübler-Ross also claimed these steps do not necessarily come in order, nor are they all experienced by all patients, though she stated a person will always experience at least two. See for books on the various stages. Professional advice is to set aside 5 - 10 mns daily, and during that time, focus on all the memories and feelings involved. If you are sad; cry. If you are angry; punch a pillow. At the end of that time, go on with other things, and if such thoughts or memories come to mind, just write them down in a notebook for the next day's session. This may well accelerate the grieving process. After a while, consider making a photoalbum/scrapbook and/or a shrine, in remembrance, and set aside; say; one day every month, perhaps on a significant date, (for example; the 17th, or the second thursday) on which to reflect. Many religious organisations offer counselling, or you may feel more comfortable with a therapist, to express your thoughts, and feelings. Journalling may help in this. Celebrate that life; be thankful for the experience, and remember the good times. Practice a relaxation method, daily, and when needed, such as: it enables awareness, and a way of being, without emotional suffering, and helps you through the more difficult times in life. Try your bookstore, or for: Redemption of the Shattered: A Teenager's Healing Journey Through Sandtray Therapy by Bob Livingstone LCSW Livingstone, B. (2002), ~~~ Beyond Grief: A guide for recovering from the death of a loved one; and: Men and grief: A guide for men surviving the death of a loved one, New Harbinger Productions Inc. 5674 Shattock Ave, Oakland, CA 94609 Phone: 1-800-784-6273 ~~~ James, J. W. & Friedman, R. (1998). The Grief Recovery Handbook, Collins. ~~~ Grollman, E. (1995). Living when a Loved One has Died, Beacon Press. ~~~ Livingstone, B. (Planned August, 2007)

& The Body-Mind-Soul Solution: Healing Emotional Pain through Exercise, Pegasus Books. Tatelbaum, J. The Courage to Grieve. Creative Living, Recovery and Growth through Grief. New York: Harper & Row. (1980). ~~~ Roth, Deborah, ed. Stepping Stones to Grief Recovery. Santa Monica: IBS Press.(1987). ~~~ Coping with Grief by Mal McKissock and Dianne McKissock, ABC Books & Audio. 2001 Hypnosis is merely a heightened state of suggestibility, in which you are better able to communicate with your subconscious mind. 85% of people are suggestible, to some degree, so you could either seek professional hypnotherapy, or more alternatives along such lines are at

I'm really sorry for your loss. I hope this helps.……

Go be with your family, they're sad too. If you need time alone, take time alone, if you need to eat a whole gallon of rocky road nobody will fault you. take as much time as you need and remember your cousin for who he/she was, and the mark h/s left on the world.

Your cousin would liked you to go on and enjoy your life and spend your life in the best way possible. We do not know how much time we have in this world but we strive to do our best while we have the gift of being alive.

There's not much that can be said. I comprehend what you feel in that many things like that have happened to my family. Pain subsides in time and pushing through it brings you strength.

console with your family only look forward to knowing that they are in a better place now and that they cant hurt any more. death is a hard thing if u want to talk about it just hit me up


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