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How can I help a relative with mental illness cope with grief?

The death of a relative or other loved one, the death of a pet, the break up with a partner, all of these are extremely emotional events that cause a great deal of trauma to all human beings, well or unwell. For those with serious mental illness (SMI) these events may be even more traumatic.

Do not exclude your ill relative from funerals or other expressions of grief, thinking to save them. At these times it is more important than ever to be inclusive. Assign another family member or friend to accompany your ill relative if there is a special gathering or other event.

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Important: This content reflects information from various individuals and organizations and may offer alternative or opposing points of view. It should not be used for medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. As always, you should consult with your healthcare provider about your specific health needs.