The Edmonton Oilers have been eliminated from the Stanley Cup playoffs.
After their Game 7 loss at the hands of the Anaheim Ducks, it’s normal that some Oilers fans are feeling a sense of loss.
According to Psychiatrist Dr. Peter Silverstone, it would not be a surprise for some fans to be experiencing feelings of grief.
“In a grief reaction as part of the stages you often get anger and denial and people can act out.”
Silverstone said it likely will be a feeling that is shared throughout the city. “There will be a sense of loss that will be felt an almost palpable within the city, it is a communal grief reaction.”
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While it is understandable if you’re feeling a bit down today, Silverstone added that it is important to be aware of the signs that you or a friend are taking the loss too hard.
“You look out for the fact they’re not coming back or being able to adapt,” said Silverstone. “Within two or three days they should have fully moved past that. If they haven’t you might want to talk to them.”
While there will be some fans who are crushed by the loss, the general feeling after the game was optimism about what the future will bring the Oilers.
“A little disappointed”, said Darien Cyre. “But it was a good season. Did way better than what was expected so I’m happy.”
Dr. Silverstone said that these are not trivial things, the mood that you have can really impact your health. (BM)