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Passages of loss: 'A bomb going off in your family'

Families trace their paths through grief

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January 06, 2010
STURBRIDGE — Everyone grieves differently.

Navigating the sea of emotions one may be faring after the loss of a family member, one may, at times, find uncharted, and often stormy, waters.

"Every grieving process is different, in that it can't be predicted," explained Harrington Memorial Hospital's outpatient mental health director of child and family programs Randi Krogstad. "People's reactions are very individual and not predictable. It's important for people to work through the issue, work through the emotions of these issues."

For every person who experiences a loss, there is a different direction for those emotions — and the way they are dealt with — to take.

"Trauma can have a long-lasting impact on a person's level to function and how they respond to stress," Krogstad said. "People process at their own pace and in their own way, there are no rules about how one should grieve."

Adam Minor, an editor with Stonebridge Press, is approaching the four-year anniversary of the car accident that took his younger brother's life.

Minor's brother Keith was killed on April 1, 2006 when the vehicle he was driving struck a utility pole after the 21-year-old fell asleep at the wheel.

See Friday's Southbridge Evening News for complete coverage of community news.

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