Losing someone you love can come with a heavy period of trauma.
Even though living through such loss can be a deeply personal experience, there are a number of basic and universal steps to the process of grief.
Being aware of them can help you work towards overcoming your grief over the loss of someone dear to you.
Dealing with the loss of a person close to you brings forth every emotion you can imagine. At times, more than one emotion takes over, and it could even feel like you’re going insane. It isn’t unnatural to feel like this, as it’s a normal way of experiencing a number of different emotions.
In your time of grief, keep in mind that your feelings are natural and that they are nothing to be afraid of. It is crucial for you to realize that there is no right or wrong when it comes to the process of bereavement.
2. Surround yourself by those closest to you
While there surely will be moments when you will wish to be left on your own when dealing with the loss of a loved one, it is crucial to surround yourself with people whose company can ease your pain. Family, friends, your local church community, and maybe even a therapist can all help you navigate through these difficult times. They can be a source of great emotional and physical support. The passing of a person dear to you can leave you feeling empty inside, and a support group can help you fill the darkness with the light you need to move on.
3. Don’t try to fight the grieving period
Grief and bereavement is a process that sadly cannot be skipped forward. It is vital to understand that each of us has our own way of dealing with the loss of a loved one. You cannot put a clock on your time of grief. You need to walk through all the stages of grief as they come to you.
4. Open yourself up to a new life
You need to rediscover your own life through pain and healing. While the pain of your loss is undeniably real and must be accepted, there will come a period when you must start living as a fully-functional human being again. By going through the process of recovering from the loss of a loved one, you will arrive at a stage where you will accept death as a reality. You will discover that you’re able to push forward and enter into a new life without your loved one next to you.
Your journey through grief is your own. We all respond differently to it. But there is something that you simply must do when dealing with bereavement.
It is being kind to yourself and being aware that you will one day wake up and find that the pain is less, and life can finally go on.
We hope this article has been helpful to you in dealing with the process of grief. Please share your own advice with us in the comment section and pass this article on to others who also may need such advice.