Loss, Change & Grief
Coping with Loss
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The following guidelines were adapted from recommendations by the Alzheimer's Association, for ways of coping with the loss of a family member to Alzheimer's Disease.
This page is dedicated to my Grandmother, Mildred Dyer, who is still with us, but we lost to Alzheimer's Disease 3 years ago.

These recommendations are equally applicable to anyone who is dealing with a loss--in what ever form it may take.

Coping with Loss of Someone to Alzheimer's

It is common for caregivers to experience feelings of loss, after someone you love has been diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease, especially if your life and the person you love is significantly changed by the disease.

The Grief Process

The natural phases of grieving usually involve denial, anger, guilt, physical symptoms and eventually--acceptance. However, it is important to realize that everyone grieves differently.

Some of the feelings and symptoms you may experience include:

Feelings of Guilt

Throughout the process of grieving and mourning the loss of a loved one to Alzheimer's, guilt is often a prevalent feeling for caregivers.

Guilt can be related to:

Coping with the Guilt

Some suggestions for coping with guilt:

If the grief process is prolonged or severe that your physical and mental well-being are at risk, or you are experiencing signs of depression, seek help from your physician.

Coping with the Grieving Process

Some suggested ways of coping with grief:

             Last updated July 14, 1998
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