14. Coping with Death
• Empathy (showing ways of support for
– Help the person recall happy, positive memories
– Be a sympathetic listener (silence, nodding of
head..a showing that your understand what the
person is saying.)
– Don’t rush the grieving process.
15. Coping with Traumatic Events
• Traumatic event….any event that has a
stressful impact sufficient to overwhelm your
normal coping strategies.
– Sudden and Shocking
• Accidents, violent assaults, suicides, natural disasters.
• Seek support from family members,
friends and community groups and
agencies to help you.
Signs of stress
• Disrupted sleep patterns
• High blood pressure
• Loss of appetite
• Low self-esteem
• Difficulty paying attention
Don't let stress control your life - learn how to cope with it in positive ways. Pinpoint the stressors in your life
and deal with them head on.
• Meditate: close your eyes, breathe deeply, and concentrate on one positive thought.
• Talk about what's bothering you - don't hold it inside.
• Learn how to manage your time, and don't forget to make time for yourself.
• Make healthy eating choices.
• Get enough sleep. Try to get 8.5 to 9 hours each night.
• Drink plenty of water.
• Avoid caffeine, cigarettes, drugs, and alcohol.
• Exercise. Getting exercise helps rid your body of the extra stress and energy it has stored.
• Relax. Make time for fun and laughter. Let the little things go.