Dealing with Loss
posted by H. Dan Smith, EdD, MFT
Five "D"s for unsuccessfully dealing with loss:
|1.||Denial of the loss;|
|2.||Distortion of the experience by overglorifying or overidealizing it;|
|3.||Denigration of activities or relationships connected to the experience as a way to avoid pain;|
|4.||Distraction to avoid thinking about the loss;|
|5.||Detachment from activities or relationships abruptly as an illusion of being empowered or in control.|
Five "D"s for successfully dealing with loss:
|1.||Determine ways to make the transition a gradual process (not always possible);|
|2.||Discover the significance activities, people, and places have had in your life;|
|3.||Describe this significance to others;|
|4.||Delight in what has been gained and what may lie ahead;|
|5.||Define areas of continuity in your life.|
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