Losing someone you love or care deeply about is very painful. You may experience a variety of difficult emotions, and it is sometimes hard to imagine that the anger and sadness you feel will ever fade. It is important to remember that grief is a natural and normal reaction to a significant loss, and that you are not alone. Reach out to your support network through family and friends, and do not be afraid to lean on the people who care about you. While there is no right or wrong way to grieve, there are healthy ways to cope with the pain that, in time, can allow you to heal and resume your regular routines.
A few things to remember as you begin to recover from a loss:
- Each of us experiences grief differently, depending on our coping style and life experiences.
The healing process happens gradually, and can not be rushed or ignored.
- It is okay to cry…but it is also okay if you find that you can not. Crying is a normal response to sadness, but it is not the only one.
- There is no set time frame for grieving, and different individuals may take different amounts of time to heal.
- Allow yourself to face your feelings and express them. Try talking to a trusted friend or spiritual leader, joining a support group, or writing about your loss in a journal.
- The mind and body are deeply connect. Though it may be hard at first, remember to take care of yourself physically so that you can allow yourself to begin to recover emotionally.
- It is always okay to seek professional help when you need to.
365 Days of Healing