Whether it was expected or sudden, the death of a loved one is never easy. We recently went through this sad time in our family.
The loss of someone close can create tremendous amounts of stress for those affected, causing feelings such as numbness, guilt and anger. But though it may be difficult to manage your feelings after tragedy, there are ways that you can cope.
The following stress-relieving tips may help you or someone you know get through this time of grief:
* Take time to mourn. Even though it may be difficult, talk with friends and family about your loved one and about the emotions you’re feeling. Participate in memorials to not only honor the deceased, but also to help give you closure and accept the loss.
* Don’t turn to bad health habits for comfort. Drinking alcohol, overeating or not eating at all will not give your body the nutrients it needs to stay mentally balanced. Besides maintaining a nutritious diet and staying active, some doctors recommend taking a supplement formulated to reduce stress check with your local health food store or pharmacy.
* Get it out on paper. Write a letter to your loved one who passed away, explaining how you’re feeling and the characteristics and moments that you’ll never forget about the person.
* Take steps to help others. Selfless actions, such as giving blood, can help give you a sense of purpose at a time when things seem out of your control.
* Believe that you will get through your loss. By taking things one day at a time, you will begin to heal knowing that, though a special person has passed, your love for the person will live on.
* Create a special area in your home to be an “altar ” or place of memory where pictures, beloved items etc. of your loved one can stay. You can spend some time here as needed, then still function in other capacities and roles in your life.
Breathe, hydrate, rest well, connect with others who care and time will heal…