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Rhode Island Hospital's department of clinical social work provides this information to those who are grieving the loss of a loved one.
Grieve in your own way and at your own pace. There is no normal time span for healing from your loss and the grief process is never the same for any two people. Accept your emotions. It is natural to experience a broad range of emotions including anger, sadness, and guilt. You may also experience feelings of denial and anxiety. Death brings many reactions in widely contrasting combinations; it is normal and healthy to allow yourself to experience all of them as part of your mourning process.
Share your feelings with others. Find good listeners who will understand that your feelings are normal responses to your grief. It is good to remember and speak of the life of your loved one. Share and treasure your memories with family and friends.
Maintain hope. Be patient with yourself. Your sorrow may diminish slowly. You will survive, although there may be times when you feel that you will not. You can find healing and hope for the future if you are patient with yourself and remember that, although you will never be the same again, you will be able to be happy again.