Finding a Different Way
Coping with the rush of feelings that the death of a loved
one brings may feel impossible to express. It may be helpful
to consider complementary therapies to find a different way
to work through your grief. The U-M Comprehensive Cancer
Center offers a range of options to bereaved families; other
resources are listed in the back of this folder. Think about
which therapies mesh with your needs and interests.
Body WorkYoga, tai chi, massage and reflexology may help ease physical symptoms brought on by stress and bottled-up emotions. These activities provide a physical outlet and can help to connect the mind and body in working through grief.
Guided ImageryThis is a technique that combines visualization and relaxation to combat anxiety, pain and persistent thoughts and fears. Studies have shown that it lowers blood pressure, decreases stress hormones, enhances sleep and boosts the immune system. Sessions can be adapted to all ages.
Art and MusicArt therapy and music therapy aid in finding creative outlets for feelings and emotions that are too difficult to express in words. No experience with art or music is required. Both adults and children find comfort through these therapies.
WritingWriting in a journal to express thoughts and feelings can help ease the pressure of grief. Keeping a journal informally or working through structured workshops may be helpful.
For more information on therapies offered through the Cancer Center, please call 1-877-408-7377 (PFSS).
This guide was made possible by financial support from the Coach Carr Cancer Fund.