Dealing with Tragedy

Dealing with sadness and grief


After an incident such as the one in Boston yesterday we can have feelings of grief, loss, sadness and heartache. This is completely normal.

There are common symptoms of grief:

  1. Numbness and shock
  2. Sadness
  3. Guilt and/or anger
  4. Anxiety/stress
  5. Fear
  6. There are also physical signs such as join pain, aches, stomachaches, headaches, weakened immune system
  7. Change in sleeping habits

If you are feeling grief there are a few things you can do

  1. Make sure to have social support and ask for help if needed.
  2. Time will help heal so be patient with the healing process
  3. Talk therapy
  4. Meds
  5. Talking about the loss, sharing your concerns and thoughts is very important. Journal writing can also be a good way to express your thoughts.
  6. Self-care – make sure to have your basic needs met. Get plenty of rest, eat nourishing foods, plenty of water and exercise.
  7. Keep a sense of normalcy – stick to a normal routine.

About Finding your happiness

Diane Lang, practicing therapist, national speaker, educator, and certified positive psychology coach, has her master’s degree in counseling and is an adjunct in psychology at Montclair State University. She has written three books, and has been featured in various publications, and on TV and Internet shows. Diane speaks on various mental and emotional health topics including Happiness, Resiliency, Stress management, Parenting Positive Aging, Anxiety, and Depression in both teens and adults. Diane also specializes in Positive Psychology Positive Education and Positive Parenting. Thousands of individuals have benefited from Diane’s motivational and educational speaking, trainings, and coaching. Her Hands-on approach along with her background, education and experience has proven to be beneficial to all who attend her presentation. To learn more on how you could bring Diane to your organization please email
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