How Do You Deal With The Loss of a Loved One?

Despite death being the most natural thing in the world, dealing with the loss of a loved one is always a difficult time. Feeling sad and down is normal, but it’s important to take care of yourself during this difficult situation so that your mental health doesn’t deteriorate. Here are some ways to cope with grief.






Know That Time Is a Healer
In the early days of loss it can feel like you’re never going to be happy again. But during these dark times, it’s useful to remember that it won’t always feel this raw. Allow yourself chance to grieve and come to terms with what’s happened; there is no way to speed up the process so allow things to happen naturally. Psychologists suggest that there are five stages to this process, each one will happen at it’s own pace. A site such as thedailymind.com can provide you with more information. While the loss will always hold sad memories, eventually you will be able to resume your normal daily activities and start feeling happier again.


Find Ways To Keep Their Memory Close
Whether it’s the loss of a friend, family member or even a pet, it can help to sort through their things after they’ve passed on. Don’t rush the process and feel as though you have to get rid of everything - you don’t want to make any snap judgements that you will later regret. However deciding what to do with their possessions is an important part of the process. Label boxes with things like ‘keep’ ‘charity shop’ ‘give to friends’ and ‘bin’. That way it makes it a little easier to decide where everything needs to go. It can be tempting to want to leave things exactly as they are, but this isn’t helpful in the healing process. Instead of being surrounded by their stuff, you could choose one or two precious items to keep their memory close. It could be something like a keepsake of theirs or a photo. There are companies which can turn your loved one’s ashes into a diamond to be kept on a piece of jewellery. Or in the case of pets, places like heart-in-diamonds.com can use their ashes or fur. This way you are able to preserve their memory forever and keep them close.


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Reach Out To Friends and Family
Having a good support network around you, people who will support you and be a should to cry on, can make the grieving process a little easier. Expressing yourself, showing your emotions and talking through everything is beneficial to your mental health and can help you come to terms with your loss. Don’t try and hold things in and bottle it all up, instead allow yourself to lean on your nearest and dearest during this difficult time. Websites such as grief.com have resources which you also may find helpful.


Have you been unfortunate enough to experience the loss of a loved one? Do you have any advice for anyone that’s grieving?








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