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On the list of top 20 stressors in life, the death of a spouse and the death of another close family member are in the top five. It is important to remember that every person is unique and will grieve in a distinctive way. It is impossible to predict how long grief lasts. Rather that asking, “How long does grief last?” a much more important and helpful question is, “What is going to help me manage at this particular moment and time?”
Thom Dennis, Bereavement Services Coordinator for NorthShore Hospice, offers the following helpful resources for coping with the death of a loved one: