Coping With Bereavement
Coping with bereavement can be a difficult and overwhelming experience.
Everyone reacts differently, and there is no ‘right’ or ‘wrong’ way to grieve.
It’s important to remember that grief is a natural process, and to take the time to honour the life of the person who has passed away.
Reaching Out For Support
Reach out to your support system.
Talk to your family and friends, and seek out professional help if needed.
Connecting with others can help you to feel less alone in your grief. Allow yourself time to process your emotions.
Take some time out to go for a walk, meditate, or practice yoga.
These activities can help to centre you and provide you with some much needed peace of mind.
Often after a person passes away, people’s worlds are tipped upside down.
What used to be a regular routine of work, going to the gym, or even just eating dinner might start to feel completely alien.
Focus on speaking to others, and make sure you continue to take care of the important routines you already have in your life. Consciously make new ones if necessary.
Dealing With Bereavement Needs Time
Giving yourself time to heal is essential.
Everybody is different, some people may take weeks or months, whereas others may take years.
What matters is you recognise that you need to give your body time to heal, however long it takes.
To help, create a memorial of your loved one.
Write a letter or create a scrapbook.
Or simply drink some tea or coffee each afternoon next to a photo of you being together.
These examples, along with others you can create, can be a great way to remember the person who has passed away and to honour their life.
Everybody has their own personal way of dealing with bereavement.
But what matters is you choose your own way..
With every long walk or written note, you become one step closer to accepting the world you now find yourself in.
Talk to Like Minded Individuals
While you might want to be alone in your grief, it can really help to reach out to others who have gone through similar situations. It can be difficult to reach out, it may feel scary or you may think you’re being a nuisance (when you’re not). You can check out the Before I Go End Of Life Conversations Community here. You’ll find like minded individuals who will always be there if you need anyone to reach out too.
And if you want to know how Jane managed her grief after the death of her husband, take a look at her memoir, Gifted By Grief. Here’s what one person had to say about it:
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