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Common symptoms of grief and coping with the loss of a spouse

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Experiencing the loss of a husband or wife is a devastating experience.

You may experience grief, anxiety, shock or fear. You may feel guilty or even angry with your spouse for leaving you.

According to recent census statistics, about 40 percent of women and 13 percent of men who are 65 and older are widowed.

There is no right or wrong way to mourn your loss. There are no rules to how you should feel. According to the National Institute on Aging, you can feel both physical and emotional pain when you grieve.

Common signs of mourning include crying easily, difficulty sleeping and loss of appetite. You can also experience problems with concentration and have a difficult time making decisions.

Grief seems to go away on its own, but counseling can be helpful for people whose grief has extended over a long period of time.

There will be good days and bad but spending time with family and friends can be helpful in coping with the death of a spouse.

It’s important to continue caring for yourself with exercise, healthy eating and plenty of sleep.

Eating a healthy, balanced diet may be challenging for a widow who has lost interest in cooking and eating, so try eating lunch with friends. Have the TV on during meals or listen to the radio to avoid eating in silence.

It may be upsetting to be alone. An assisted living community such as Heritage Woods of Minooka can help during the grieving process. Residents at Heritage Woods of Minooka feel at home with personalized, compassionate care.

After time, you may find you are ready to have a social life again.

Heritage Woods of Minooka features a variety of services and amenities that are a perfect fit for an affordable assisted lifestyle.

Heritage Woods of Minooka, an Assisted Lifestyle Community for the Older Adult, 701

Heritage Woods Drive, Minooka, IL, 60447, 815-467-2837,

www.gardant.com/heritagewoodsminooka