It is common for victims to experience extreme emotions and to become depressed after being abused.
Intense sadness, grief or sorrow are often the most powerful long-term reactions.
Healing happens gradually; it can’t be forced or hurried—and there is no “normal” timetable for grieving. However is the grief experienced, it’s important to be patient and allow the process to naturally unfold.
Some ways you can help someone to deal with the grief process are:
- To acknowledge the pain.
- To accept that grief can trigger many different and unexpected emotions.
- To understand that the grieving process will be unique for every person.
- To seek out support from people who care about the person.
- To recognize the difference between grief and depression.
If you want to read more about the stages of grief, visit
To start to feel new energy and experience hope could take some time, it it is important to be patient.
Big feelings usually come and go in waves, but eventually they get settled. Hope not only can help make a tough present situation more bearable but also can eventually improve our lives because envisioning a better future can motivate to take the steps to make it happen and will inspire to take action.
Within the core of hope is a strong belief. To have hope is to want an outcome that makes life better in some way.
We can help someone to move from grief to hope by sharing this powerful statement with hi/her:
"The future will be better than the present, I have the power to make it so"
There is a well-known story about hope: Pandora's box. If you'd like to read about it please visit: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pandora%27s_box#:~:text=According%20to%20Hesiod%2C%20when%20Prometheus,then%20released%20into%20the%20world.