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For the Survivors: 8 Tips for Coping with the Loss of a Loved One

May 21, 2019

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Did you know over 55 million people die every year?

It's no surprise that so many people are looking for ways to cope with the death of someone they loved.

The loss of a loved one is never easy and something difficult to prepare for, but these grief tips will help you with coping during these difficult times.

Coping with the Loss of a Loved One

Everyone deals with death at some point in their lives but this doesn't mean its easy to deal with. Death is one of the hardest things people have to deal with when they lose someone close to them.

Whether your loved one suddenly died from a tragic accident, long term disease or a work-related injury, the emotions everyone deals with are the same. You can learn more here if your loved one's death was caused at work.

8 Tips for Coping 

The following list will help with the devastating experience of losing a loved one:

1. Preserve Memories

Gathering pictures, videos, quotes, or anything that reminds you of your loved one and creating a memory folder or box can help with coping. You can write letters to your loved one and keep them in a journal to help with releasing the feelings and emotions that come with grief.

It's not healthy to bottle in the emotions and creating a way to release them will help you.

You can also create a tribute by planting a tree or a garden in their name that you can visit anytime you think about them.

2. Attend the Funeral

Some people opt out of attending memorial services or the funeral to avoid excessive pain, but attending all the services held can be comforting because you know you're not alone. Attending the funeral and any memorial services scheduled is a reminder that there are others coping with the loss too.

It will also help you honor and release emotions instead of bottling them up inside.

3. Talk About It

It's ok to talk about the death of your loved one with friends and family. Find someone that knew them and share stories with each other of the good times while they were alive. Talking about it keeps you out of being in denial with the reality of what happened.

Keep in mind that if you feel pressured to talk about your loved one and don't want to then don't do it. It might not be a good time for you. Wait until you're feeling like you can talk about it.

4. Take Care of Yourself

It can feel easier to lay in bed and cry your days away if you were really close to your loved one but this might make matters worse. Don't neglect your own health.

Make sure to get plenty of rest, eat well, and get moving. This will all help during the grieving period.

5. Be Patient

Don't think that you will be over the sadness in a day or so. These are feelings that you will deal with for the rest of your life. Small things will remind you of your loved one and can stir up sad feelings out of nowhere. Don't let this sadness get you frustrated.

This is normal. Be patient and accept that it's ok to sometimes feel sad because you miss them. You loved someone who is no longer with you. Give yourself permission to mourn no matter how many years have passed.

6. Hobbies

If you had hobbies before your loss, don't stop doing them. Hobbies are a way to help you because it's something you find comfort in. 

Hobbies bring us joy and although you might be dealing with a loss, not abandoning your hobbies will be an extra way to help you cope. They will help you be in the moment while you're partaking in what you love to do.

7. Celebrate Your Loved One

If your loved one had a favorite charity they donated to you can continue donating in their honor. You can also celebrate them by creating an honor wall with pictures of fun memories they experienced while they were alive.

Make a music playlist with their favorite songs that can help you celebrate them and in a way make you feel like they're still around. You can go to their favorite restaurant monthly and eat their favorite food or dessert in their name and honor. You can also create a monthly or weekly tradition of releasing balloons in their name.

There are many creative ways to celebrate your loved ones have fun being creative.

8. Join a Healing Group

If you don't have anyone to talk with about your loss then joining a healing group might help you cope. You can share stories with others that share your same emotions of loss. 

Talking and sharing will help you feel better especially if you've been holding your emotions in because you haven't had anyone to talk to. Sometimes being part of a group with people going through the same type of difficult times can help bring you comfort.

You're Not Alone

Everyone copes with the loss of a loved one differently. There's no right or wrong way but it's important to remember that you're not alone. There are millions of people dealing with loss annually. 

If you ever feel you need counseling to release your emotions further don't hesitate to seek a professional. They have experience in walking people through their difficult emotions of sadness.

Looking for inspiration? Check out our inspiration section on our blog for some uplifting.