Grieving the Loss of a Friend

Though we all know death is inevitable, the grieving process is never easy.  When someone you know and love passes, no one can tell you how to feel.  Everyone handles loss differently.

For some, the loss of a friend is one of the most challenging losses one can experience in life.  When you lose a friend, it can be extremely difficult to transition from grieving to living out the rest of your life to its fullest.

Accept that this is going to be a very difficult time in your life and that getting through it will not be easy and should not be rushed.  Take all the time you need to grieve and be reassured that you will make it through.

Though there is no perfect way to grieve, there are things that might help lessen the pain of your loss.

• Think of the good times you shared over the years.
• Allow yourself to cry.  Sometimes a spontaneous cry helps.
• Know that others care and will understand your pain.
• Journaling can be very helpful.  Write about your friendship.
• Keep a picture of your friend near if it helps.
• Join a support group or grief counseling can offer support
• Do something in your friend’s honor, like a walk or a ride for a charity, or donation to an organization.

Remember there is no right or wrong way to grieve.  It can be an emotional rollercoaster, with many highs, lows and setbacks.  Take as long as you need.  Time is the key to healing after the loss of your friend.


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