Facing the death of a loved one is hard on an individual both mentally and physically. Regardless of the person's age when they die, be it an older person who has lived a long life or a miscarriage that takes a life before it's had a chance to grow, the ones left behind have to find some way to recover and go on with their own lives in a positive manner. If you are looking for ways to re-coup from the loss of a loved one, consider the following:
- Lean on Family and Friends- They always offer to help and truly feel helpless until you tell them what they can do to help. Now is not the time to be stubborn, but to lean on them and let them help. Allow them to help you get thank-you notes out, make funeral arrangements, let out of town guests stay with them, etc. Nothing is too silly to ask of them in a time when you don't have the will or energy to do it yourself.
- Join A Support Group- After the family has gone home and you're left in an empty home or without the presence of your loved ones, you can turn to people who truly understand what you're going through; a support group. Local hospitals, funeral homes, and counseling centers can direct you to a group that is right for you.
- Start A Project-Perhaps you will want to start a journal that will detail what you are feeling now or maybe you'd like to write a letter to the person who's passed away to get all your current feelings out. Still others put together a video or picture collage of their favorite times together. You may want to join forces on a cause that was important to your family or friend in an effort to carry on their work.
There are many ways you can work through your feelings as you re-coup from the loss of a loved one, but the most important thing is not to bury yourself along with your loved one. Don't remain closeted away at home, wallowing in the loneliness and self-pity. Instead, reach out to those around you, get out of the house and take care of your own physical well-being as you allow your body and heart to heal.
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