The loss of a loved one causes irreversible changes. With time; however, you may find that you grow to accept the loss. Although you will never forget those who have passed on, you may find some sense of closure following the funeral . As you work through the grieving process, consider whether the following tips may help you cope.
Feeling Your Emotions
Grief is a highly individual response; no two people will feel the same spectrum of emotions following the loss of a loved one. Some people may try to avoid feeling their emotions in an attempt to stay strong or to avoid feeling the hurt. However, acknowledging your emotions and allowing yourself to grieve is an integral part of the healing process. Some mourners find comfort in writing a letter to their lost loved ones to express thoughts and feelings that they wished they had conveyed before the loss. You might try keeping a journal to chronicle your feelings, and you may also feel comfort in visiting the memorial park or cemetery.
Taking Care of Yourself
It’s quite common for the bereaved to neglect self-care measures. You may neglect to eat properly or to exercise, or you may neglect to take prescription medications to manage a medical condition. Grieving itself exerts significant stress on the body. However, caring for your physical well-being is an essential step toward healing your soul. Remind yourself that your lost loved one would have wanted you to care for yourself properly.
Interacting with Friends
Sometimes, the company of friends can offer tremendous comfort in times of sorrow. Avoiding social isolation may help you to navigate the grieving process. However, a well-intentioned friend may at times try to force you to move toward healing at a pace that feels unnatural to you. Remind friends that it’s natural to allow yourself to feel your emotions .
Mountain View Funeral Home, Memorial Park & Cematory offers an aftercare program for Tacoma residents who have lost loved ones. Please join our grief support services at any time of the day or night. If you would like to arrange for a funeral, memorial creation, or cremation, please call our funeral home at (253) 584-0252.