Grieving is a journeyBy Mayo Clinic staff
Original Article: http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/grieving/MY02515
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Edward T. Creagan, M.D.read biographyclose window
Edward T. Creagan, M.D.Edward Creagan, M.D.
"The magic of the electronic village is transforming health information. The mouse and keyboard have extended the stethoscope to the 500 million people now online." — Dr. Edward Creagan
The power of the medium inspires Dr. Edward Creagan as he searches for ways to share Mayo Clinic's vast resources with the general public.
Dr. Creagan, a Newark, N.J., native, is board certified in internal medicine, medical oncology, and hospice medicine and palliative care. He has been with Mayo Clinic since 1973 and in 1999 was president of the staff of Mayo Clinic.
Dr. Creagan, a professor of medical oncology at Mayo Clinic College of Medicine, was honored in 1995 with the John and Roma Rouse Professor of Humanism in Medicine Award and in 1992 with the Distinguished Mayo Clinician Award, Mayo's highest recognition. He has been recognized with the American Cancer Society Professorship of Clinical Oncology.
He describes his areas of special interest as "wellness as a bio-psycho-social-spiritual-financial model" and fitness, mind-body connection, aging and burnout.
Dr. Creagan has been an associate medical editor with Mayo Clinic's health information websites and has edited publications and CD-ROMs and reviewed articles.
"We the team of (the website) provide reliable, easy-to-understand health and wellness information so that each of us can have productive, meaningful lives," he says.
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By Edward T. Creagan, M.D.
Each of us at some point in our lives must confront the painful reality of the death of a spouse, partner, loved one or even a cherished pet. There is a process, an experience that we each must go through to heal. There is no shortcut or quick fix.
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Many people who are grieving comment about "being in a fog" and not being able to focus, concentrate or even do simple tasks. Their thinking process becomes overwhelmed, and they simply can't function as before.
Episodes of yearning for the deceased, feelings of helplessness and hopelessness, and major swings in energy, weight and sleep habits are common. It's not unusual for these feelings to persist for months to a year or more following a devastating loss. In the case of a sudden death or a loss associated with trauma, these feelings and experiences may persist much longer.
The good news is that life does get better for the vast majority of people who have lost a loved one. However, some people need a navigator to hold their hand and guide them out of the fog. Don't be afraid to ask for help if you can't see a light at the end of the tunnel.blog index