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What is grief?

Grief is a natural process and can be very painful to work through, and can often come in waves triggered by memories.

If you cannot seem to move on from your loss, you may need to reach out for some help. Asking does not mean that you are weak, it just means that you are human and you may need support.

12 ways to cope with grief

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Talk about your grief

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Be physically active

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Spend time with family and friends

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Crying is healthy while grieving

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Express yourself through art or music

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Seek or accept help and support

There's no timeline for healing from a loss.

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Spend time on the land

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Avoid making major life decisions

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Eat healthy

Just say no

Avoid using substances

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Take it one day at a time

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Do what makes you happy

You might need some help or support from:

  • health professionals
  • spiritual leaders
  • youth outreach workers
  • people you trust
Remote video URL

Wiichihiiwaauwin (Mental Health) Helpline

Service available 24/7. Cree speakers and Elders are available upon request 

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