Losing a loved one is one of the biggest crisis we must face as human beings. Also, depending on the circumstances surrounding the loss, the feelings that invade us often are those of confusion, emptiness and sadness along with a deep grief. Although we understand death as a natural part of life, coping with the loss of a friend or a family member takes time in order to assume that the person we lost is no longer with us and that life goes on. There are several techniques you can put into practice to cope with the loss of a loved one:
TAKE YOUR TIME: You’ve just experienced a loss and you need to assimilate what has happened. You need to get used to being without that person. Be patient with yourself and take the time you need.
ACCEPT YOUR FEELINGS: We tend to feel sadness and grief over the death of a loved one mostly, but we may also experience frustration, rage or fear. Accept your feelings and listen to yourself in order to know what those feelings are trying to tell you and what you need.
TAKE CARE OF YOURSELF: Having healthy eating habits, sleeping and resting adequately as well as practising sport will maintain our physical well-being in order to cope with each day and move on.
TALK ABOUT IT: Talking about the loss helps us understand what has happened and, at the same time, it helps others understand the process we are going through.
FIND SUPPORT: The people around you, your family and friends and even a professional, if need be. Feeling accompanied will help you better cope with the mourning and the alleviating of the loss you’ve just experienced.
LIFE GOES ON: Although you may feel sadness or grief now, you must keep in mind that the person you lost would like for you to be happy and to go on with your life after their death. Try to do activities that make you feel at ease with yourself so that, little by little, you regain your emotional well-being.
“Coping with the death of a friend or a family member takes time in order to assume the person is no longer here and life goes on”
“Find support among the people that surround you, your family, your friends and even a professional, if need be”.
“Try to do activities that make you feel at ease with yourself so that, little by little, you regain your emotional well-being”