TAKE CARE of Yourself Following a Loss or Death

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This lecture, "TAKE CARE of Yourself Following a Loss or Death" is based on the strategies that I have advised people coping with grief following a loss to follow. For more information on the Grief and Loss see the Workplace Grief website http://www.workplacegrief.org.
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TAKE CARE of Yourself Following a Loss or Death

  1. 1. TAKE CARE of Yourself Following a Loss or Death Kirsti A. Dyer MD, MS, FT Physician · Professor Grief, Loss and Bereavement Expert © Kirsti A. Dyer MD, MS, FT. 2009. Creative Commons 3.0 Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works
  2. 2. Your Presenter – Dr. Kirsti A. Dyer <ul><li>Physician </li></ul><ul><li>Associate Professor </li></ul><ul><li>Internal Medicine </li></ul><ul><li>Fellow in Thanatology </li></ul><ul><li>Advanced Training in Grief, Loss, Trauma and Bereavement </li></ul><ul><li>Experience in Hospice and End-of-Life Care </li></ul>© Kirsti A. Dyer MD, MS, FT. 2009. Creative Commons 3.0 Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works
  3. 3. Living with Loss <ul><li>Loss is a common experience that each person encounters during his or her lifetime. </li></ul><ul><li>Loss does not discriminate for age, race, sex, education, economic status or nationality. </li></ul><ul><li>Loss is a byproduct of being alive. </li></ul><ul><li>Kirsti A. Dyer, MD, MS </li></ul>© Kirsti A. Dyer MD, MS, FT. 2009. Creative Commons 3.0 Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works Image: Karen Barefoot. All that Remains . Royalty Free Use.
  4. 4. Coping with Loss & Grief <ul><li>Losses can result from a death or any significant life changing event – job loss, relationship loss, loss of home, diagnosis with a disease or cancer.  </li></ul><ul><li>Figuring out what to do when faced with a major life loss can be very challenging. </li></ul><ul><li>The person facing the loss may be so overwhelmed with grief that, s/he may not know what to do next. </li></ul>© Kirsti A. Dyer MD, MS, FT. 2009. Creative Commons 3.0 Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works
  5. 5. TAKE CARE of Yourself Acronym <ul><li>One of the simplest things to do (or to recommend) to keep on functioning after a loss is to focus on the basics – food, sleep and exercise. </li></ul><ul><li>The TAKE CARE acronym covers most of the basics to focus on following a loss. </li></ul><ul><li>These strategies are what I have advised people coping with loss to follow for years. </li></ul>© Kirsti A. Dyer MD, MS, FT. 2009. Creative Commons 3.0 Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works
  6. 6. TAKE CARE of Yourself <ul><li>T ime is needed to handle the grief. </li></ul><ul><li>A void alcohol and other medications. </li></ul><ul><li>K eep to some routine or schedule. </li></ul><ul><li>E at a balanced diet. </li></ul><ul><li>C onverse with others. </li></ul><ul><li>A ctive hands. Work on projects keep worried hands busy—building, crafting or in other ways. </li></ul><ul><li>R est and Sleep help the body restore and heal. </li></ul><ul><li>E xercise to reduce stress. </li></ul>© Kirsti A. Dyer MD, MS, FT. 2009. Creative Commons 3.0 Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works
  7. 7. TAKE CARE of Yourself - TAKE <ul><li>T ime is needed to handle the grief. </li></ul><ul><li>A void alcohol and other medications. </li></ul><ul><li>K eep to some routine or schedule. </li></ul><ul><li>E at a balanced diet with healthy foods and water. </li></ul>© Kirsti A. Dyer MD, MS, FT. 2009. Creative Commons 3.0 Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works
  8. 8. TAKE CARE of Yourself - Time <ul><li>T ime is needed to handle the grief. </li></ul>© Kirsti A. Dyer MD, MS, FT. 2009. Creative Commons 3.0 Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works Image: Microsoft Clipart.
  9. 9. TAKE CARE of Yourself – Avoid Alcohol <ul><li>A void alcohol and other medications. </li></ul>© Kirsti A. Dyer MD, MS, FT. 2009. Creative Commons 3.0 Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works Image: Microsoft Clipart.
  10. 10. TAKE CARE of Yourself – Keep a Routine <ul><li>K eep to a routine or schedule. </li></ul>© Kirsti A. Dyer MD, MS, FT. 2009. Creative Commons 3.0 Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works Image: Microsoft Clipart.
  11. 11. TAKE CARE of Yourself – Eat Healthy <ul><li>E at a balanced diet with healthy foods and water. </li></ul>© Kirsti A. Dyer MD, MS, FT. 2009. Creative Commons 3.0 Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works Image: Microsoft Clipart.
  12. 12. TAKE CARE of Yourself - CARE <ul><li>C onverse with others, especially those that have “been there” and “survived that.” </li></ul><ul><li>A ctive hands. Work on projects keeps hands busy—building, crafting etc. </li></ul><ul><li>R est and sleep are important to help the body restore and heal. </li></ul><ul><li>E xercise to reduce stress and improve one’s mood. </li></ul>© Kirsti A. Dyer MD, MS, FT. 2009. Creative Commons 3.0 Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works
  13. 13. TAKE CARE of Yourself - Converse <ul><li>C onverse with others, especially those that have “been there” and “survived that.” </li></ul>© Kirsti A. Dyer MD, MS, FT. 2009. Creative Commons 3.0 Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works Image: Microsoft Clipart.
  14. 14. TAKE CARE of Yourself – Active Hands <ul><li>A ctive hands. Projects can keep worried hands busy, whether building, gardening, crafting or in other ways. </li></ul>© Kirsti A. Dyer MD, MS, FT. 2009. Creative Commons 3.0 Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works Image: Microsoft Clipart.
  15. 15. TAKE CARE of Yourself - Rest <ul><li>R est and sleep are important to help the body restore and heal. </li></ul>© Kirsti A. Dyer MD, MS, FT. 2009. Creative Commons 3.0 Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works Image: Microsoft Clipart.
  16. 16. TAKE CARE of Yourself - Exercise <ul><li>E xercise to reduce stress and improve one’s mood. </li></ul>© Kirsti A. Dyer MD, MS, FT. 2009. Creative Commons 3.0 Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works Image: Microsoft Clipart.
  17. 17. TAKE CARE of Yourself <ul><li>T ime is needed to handle the grief. </li></ul><ul><li>A void alcohol and other medications. </li></ul><ul><li>K eep to some routine or schedule. </li></ul><ul><li>E at a balanced diet. </li></ul><ul><li>C onverse with others. </li></ul><ul><li>A ctive hands. Work on projects keep worried hands busy—building, crafting or in other ways. </li></ul><ul><li>R est and Sleep help the body restore and heal. </li></ul><ul><li>E xercise to reduce stress. </li></ul>© Kirsti A. Dyer MD, MS, FT. 2009. Creative Commons 3.0 Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works
  18. 18. Coping with Overwhelming Loss <ul><li>When coping with an overwhelming loss, such as the death of a loved one, it is important for the grieving person to TAKE CARE of him or herself. </li></ul><ul><li>Focus on the basics necessities – food, sleep and exercise </li></ul><ul><li>Focusing on the basics will help the grieving person make it through the loss. </li></ul>© Kirsti A. Dyer MD, MS, FT. 2009. Creative Commons 3.0 Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works
  19. 19. Take Life Moment by Moment <ul><li>On life's most difficult days </li></ul><ul><li>All that we can do </li></ul><ul><li>is simply take things </li></ul><ul><li>Moment by Moment. </li></ul><ul><li>Kirsti A. Dyer MD, MS </li></ul>© Kirsti A. Dyer MD, MS, FT. 2009. Creative Commons 3.0 Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works Image: Microsoft Clipart.
  20. 20. Thank You <ul><li>Thank you for your attention and your interest in helping those grieving a loss. </li></ul>© Kirsti A. Dyer MD, MS, FT. 2009. Creative Commons 3.0 Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works
  21. 21. More Information <ul><li>eMail – workplacegrief@gmail.com </li></ul><ul><li>Grief, Loss & Transitions Blog – http://grief-loss- info.blogspot.com </li></ul><ul><li>Workplacegrief.org </li></ul><ul><li>Grief in the Workplace – http:// www.squidoo.com / grief-workplace </li></ul><ul><li>Journey of Hearts – http:// www.journeyofhearts.org </li></ul>© Kirsti A. Dyer MD, MS, FT. 2009. Creative Commons 3.0 Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works

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