After the Funeral: The Grieving Process When Losing a Spouse

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Out of everyone on this earth, your spouse was probably the person you were closest to, the person who knew you better than anyone else. Accepting that you will no longer be able to see or interact with your spouse on a daily basis may be the most difficult situation you ever face. As you set out to plan your loved one’s funeral, keep the following information about the grieving process in mind for your benefit.  

Shock When you first find that your partner has passed away, you may experience shock and denial. As you cope with the news, try to remind yourself that whatever you are feeling is natural. You have experienced a major and permanent loss, and it will take time for you to heal.

Strong Emotions Once the initial feeling of shock subsides, strong feelings of anger, sadness, guilt and other emotions may overcome you suddenly.

Depression and Loneliness The strong emotions you experience may give way to depression and loneliness. Accept that this is also natural, and find the love and support you need from friends, family members, and support groups.

Acceptance Eventually, you will be able to accept your loved one’s passing and move on with your life. You will think about your spouse every day, but the feelings of despair you have experienced will fade and you will be able to find social comfort in your family and friends.

Remembrance Although the pain subsides as you accept your loss, holidays and other special occasions may be very difficult without your spouse. Find ways to honor your loved one’s memory in a healthy way, perhaps even by starting traditions on your spouse’s birthday or the anniversary of his or her death.

At Mountain View Funeral Home, Memorial Park & Crematory , members of the Tacoma and Lakewood communities can seek the support and education they need as they mourn the loss of their partners. To find out more about our grief support programs or other funeral services, call (253) 584-0252.

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