Greif is a universally experienced human emotion. If a friend, relative, or another loved one passes away, you will have to deal with grief in a sensible manner without letting it overtake your life. You may find significant emotional support during the funeral. But what about afterwards, when all other friends and relatives have gone away? Here are several ways you can deal with grief following the funeral:
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Stay in Touch with Friends and Family
Do not isolate yourself in your time of need. It’s important to stay in touch with those who understand your loss. When you are feeling particularly down, don’t hesitate to call a person who understands. One of the best ways to deal with your grief is to talk about it. Don’t let the feelings overcome you. Express them and you will feel better afterwards.
Continue Formal Mourning
Not everyone is ready to let go of a death of the loved one with just the funeral. Continuing mourning rites will help you pay respects and deal with your grief. If you recently lost a loved one, you can attend remembrance funerals, such as those held during Christmastime at funeral homes. You can also hold memorial services like candlelit vigils to help you deal with your loss long after the funeral.
See a Professional Greif Counsellor
If you feel like your grief is fuelling depressive moods more often than you expect, then you should probably seek help from a professional grief counsellor. If you don’t have anyone to talk with about your loss, or if you don’t want to talk about it with someone you know, a professional griefcounsellor will definitely help. If your grief is getting in the way of your work and regular life, then you should seek professional help before the situation gets worse. Don’t harm yourself with bad habits like excessive drinking or overeating during this period. Talk to a pro, and you will be on your way to handle the situation properly.
Let Yourself be Vulnerable
While it’s important not to indulge in bad habits, don’t be too hard on yourself either. You don’t have to pretend to be back to normal for the benefit of anyone. If you are still mourning, mourn openly without hiding. Other people will understand. Also, you can allow yourself the occasional indulgence to feel better. Just don’t fall back into bad or addictive habits that you might have to deal with years to come long after your sense of loss has passed away.
Travel or Take a Vacation
Understandably, you might not be able to concentrate on work when you are grieving. So, you might want to consider taking time off to travel or spend an at-home vacation. Your employer will most likely understand. Travelling is a great way to distract yourself from your grief. You will also gain new experiences that will motivate you to continue living rather than in a depressive limbo. Travelling with friends is a great idea to cope with grief.
Try one of the above suggestions to get over the loss of a loved one and keep on going after emotionally trying times.