Coping with Grief & Loss
After a Natural Disaster

By John M. Grohol, Psy.D.

Coping with Grief and Loss After a Natural Disaster

How do you cope with the loss you are feeling after a natural disaster, like a hurricane, tornado, or flood? There's no one "right" or easy way to deal with the feelings of grief that are likely overwhelming you at times. Grief is a very personal reaction to these kinds of traumatic, life-altering events made worse by feeling like we have no control over anything in our lives.

It's not just the loss of our "stuff" and personal belongings. Rather, it's the loss of security and the sense of stability that can be the most devastating. Our homes and communities act as an emotional rock of security. When that rock is washed away, it can bring a sense of hopelessness to our lives.

There is no denying the tough times ahead of you, but you shouldn't try and run away from them. During these times of despair, there is hope. Homes can be rebuilt. Communities and people from very diverse backgrounds come together to lend each other a hand. People from all over the country come together to help.

We hope that in some small way, the articles we've collected here help you find hope and better understand the feelings of loss and grief you're coping with today. Natural disasters are unpredictable and can cause unfathomable damage to property and communities. Our reaction doesn't have to add to that damage, as our resiliency and capacity for hope allows us to rebuild not only our physical lives, but our spirit as well.

Coping with Grief & Loss After a Disaster

 

Last reviewed: By John M. Grohol, Psy.D. on 4 Sep 2017
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