Loss & Grief Coping Kit

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Relax, Survive & Renew

The greatest weapon against stress is our ability to choose one thought over another.
— William James

Grief produces intense stress which can literally immobilize a person.

Tense people don't breathe deeply and have a tendency to frequently sigh. This tension often causes tight feelings across the chest and produces tiredness and stiff feelings in the arms and legs. Body movements slow down and the person often has a sagging appearance. Complaints of aches and pains all over the body and excessive clenching of the jaws and fists is not uncommon.

Although the inability to sleep is often blamed on the inability to switch off thoughts at night, it can also be caused by tension.

Tension is the opposite to relaxation.

One must cultivate the desire to relax.The following conditions aid relaxation, particularly at night.

Discovery . . . Relief . . . Recovery . . . Hope

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