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A major loss can make you question your beliefs. Sadness, anger, guilt, hopelessness—all these emotions can make you question everything you once believed about life, death, and suffering.
Some people are able to find comfort, courage, and hope from their beliefs. But if you're like a lot of people, you just feel lost. And that's not because you're weak or because your beliefs aren't strong enough. It's because you are human.
Your spiritual health—your belief system—is part of your overall health. Belief systems can help us face fears and let go of the past and have courage. They help us learn to live with understanding and care for the world, for others and for ourselves.
After a major loss, finding your way back to your beliefs—or maybe revising your belief system—is important. It can be helpful to take some time to think, talk, and write about your feelings. Here are some things you can try:
During hard times of loss and questioning your beliefs, it's important to take care of yourself. Find ways or activities that help calm the mind and soothe the heart. Get support from those you trust and love.
If you or someone you know is having trouble addressing spiritual questions that arise during a time of loss, think about talking with a clergy person or a licensed
counselor, social worker, or psychologist.
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ByHealthwise StaffPrimary Medical ReviewerAnne C. Poinier, MD - Internal MedicineSpecialist Medical ReviewerSidney Zisook, MD - Psychiatry
Current as ofFebruary 24, 2016
Current as of:
February 24, 2016
Anne C. Poinier, MD - Internal Medicine & Sidney Zisook, MD - Psychiatry
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