Chapter 4: Coping with your sadness

Key ideas

  • Often sadness will hit you more deeply after the initial shock of loss wears off, and you realize how different your life is without the person who died.
  • Like all emotions, sadness has lessons for us. It is helpful to remember that deep feelings of sadness generally lessen with time.
  • If you ever think about ending your life, talk to your family doctor or a mental health professional, or call a 24-hour crisis hotline.

For more information, see Module 8, Do I need more help and where do I find it?