Grief doesn’t automatically end at a certain point after the loss of a loved one. That is because everyone grieves differently, and there is no time limit to how long one grieves. When you’re grieving, one of the most important things you can to take care of yourself. The stress of losing a loved one can take you on an emotional roller coaster, and finding support is important for the healing process.
The most important factor in healing after you’ve lost someone dear to you is to accept and embrace the support of other people. Sometimes sharing your feelings helps lessen the burden of grief. Here are a few suggestions that may help in your healing process.
• Seek comfort in your faith: spiritual activities that are meaningful to you, such as praying, meditating or going to church, can offer relief.
• Join a support group: sharing your feelings with others who have experienced a loss can help.
• Talk to a therapist or grief counselor: if your grief becomes too much to bear, seeking help from an experienced professional who specializes in grief counseling is good to do.
• Turn to friends and family: keeping friends and family close is important during the grieving process. Often they want to help but just aren’t sure where their help is needed most. By sharing with them, you may be helping them through this very difficult time.
Your grief is just that– your grief. No one can or should try telling you how you feel and how long you should grieve. If you aren’t feeling better over time, or your grief is getting worse, don’t feel ashamed or embarrassed about seeking help. Remember, grief is a natural response to losing someone close to you and healing takes time.
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