Chapter 3: Coping with your fear

Understanding your fear

The grief expert says
Dr. Chris MacKinnon, psychologist, explains how to take initiative in our fear.(3:22)Video transcript

It is possible to become stuck in fear, unable to manage daily activities, and closed to options and opportunities. You might find yourself thinking:  "I would never join a bereavement support group" or "I will never be able to sort through his clothing."

Consider the questions of psychologist James Hollis:

  • What are my fears making me do in my life?
  • What are my fears keeping me from doing in my life?

When do I need help coping with fear?

Talk to your family doctor or a mental health professional if fear and anxiety prevent you from managing your daily life or if you often feel panic.

Some signs of panic:

  • Shortness of breath
  • Racing heart beat
  • Chest pain
  • Trembling or shaking
  • Feeling like you are choking