Grieving the Loss of a Service Member

Young woman crying at a service member’s grave while a small child dressed in uniform hugs the headstone

Grief is a natural response when a loved one dies; however, the more traumatic and unexpected the loss, like losing a loved one in military service, the more intense your grief may be. How you grieve depends on your personality, your life experiences, your faith, the nature of your loss and your coping style. While there is no right or wrong way to grieve, there are healthy ways to cope or survive the pain, and in time give yourself permission to find your new normal as you continue on your life's journey. When you're grieving, it may be helpful to know:

  • The stages of grief
  • Coping tips
  • Available resources

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