Spouse or Partner Loss Posted April 8, 2016 by bfocornwall


Most prominent needs expressed by spouses and partners who have lost their mates as they pass through the various phases of the grief process:

  • I need to be with others who know what I’m feeling
  • I need help in accepting the loss I have experienced
  • I need strength to deal with my present situation
  • I need to share how I feel about why my spouse died
  • I need help to learn to live with my hurt
  • I need someone to care about me so that I do not feel so alone
  • I need others who know what I’m feeling and who are willing to listen
  • I need to discuss and set new values for my life
  • I need to learn how to express my true feelings to people close to me
  • I need emotional support
  • I need to deal with the loneliness
  • I need to improve communication with my family
  • I need to find more constructive ways to live with my sorrow
  • I need to understand some of my feelings of helplessness and loss
  • I need support as I attempt to deal with the emotional impact of death
  • I need to understand me
  • I need a safe place to share personal thoughts about my spouse
  • I need a safe place to just talk about everything
  • I need someone who will listen
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