6 Tips for Overcoming Grief

· September 15, 2015
In order to get through this stage, it’s important to accept what has happened. Don’t forget that your loved one or any person you have lost would want you to be happy. Try to stay busy and spend your time with family and friends.

Facing the loss of a loved one and overcoming grief is one of the most difficult tests you can encounter in your life. Having to accept that someone you love is no longer physically present is a blow to your sense of reality, causing confusion and almost always making you fall into long periods of depression and sadness.

We all have different ways of coping with the death of a loved one, and having a good support network can be the key to overcoming the pain of grief.

According to research, being in a supportive social environment and maintaining a healthy lifestyle helps people overcome grief more effectively than people without such surroundings. But depending on the magnitude of the impact of the loss, as well as the characteristics person who is grieving, recovery can take months or even years.

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It’s important to remember that grief has emotional and physical symptoms. People who are grieving usually suffer from extreme fatigue, loss of appetite, and reduced sexual desire. If your grieving process is more complex and includes other symptoms in addition to depression, you should seek help from a professional psychologist. A skilled professional in this field can help determine the best course of action for you to overcome your grief.

If you’re going through the difficult process of losing a loved one, we invite you to consider the following recommendations that can help you accept your loss and regain the normal rhythm of your life.

Time

Time is critical in overcoming grief. Some people will take longer than others, but everyone needs to remember that it takes time to get used to the notion that a person is gone and we have to go on with our lives.

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Accept that grieving is okay

This woman is in the process of overcoming grief and pain.

The pain you feel after a loss is unavoidable, and it carries with it a set of emotions that can make you feel physically ill. But this is a normal part of the process and it can only be overcome gradually. Make sure you resist assigning blame or repressing your feelings as you go through this painful phase.

Express your feelings

There will always be someone willing to listen and share the pain felt by the absence of your loved one. Talking about what happened and all the emotions that loss brings is a way to accept that your loved one is gone, and you’ll soon be able to embrace your happy memories.

But if you repress those feelings with sadness and frustration, you can become isolated, which will only amplify your grief and push the people who support you away.

Remember that life goes on

This woman is overcoming grief and pain to feel happy again.
Although losing someone is so painful that it might make you lose your desire to go on living, the reality is that life goes on and there are other people who need you. Think of your loved ones who always wanted the best for you, and find ways to be happy even in their absence. Find new activities that you enjoy, spend time with your family and friends, and dedicate all your new accomplishments to the person who is gone. All of these things will help pull you out of your depression and will put you on the path to overcoming grief.

Take care of your health and that of your family

The deep pain caused by the loss of a loved one can make you forget about important factors like good nutrition, regular exercise, and other healthy habits that help you maintain a good quality of life. It’s important to conserve those good habits because they help ease your depression and avoid serious illnesses.

Overcoming grief by offering support

Overcoming grief is possible with family support.
While you might be in tremendous pain, remember that you’re not the only person who’s suffering from this loss. Perhaps your circle of family and friends also need support. By being there for others, you will begin to feel better as well. You need to remind  your family and friends of the happy moments and good times that will live in your hearts forever.

Fernańdez-Alcántara, M., García-Caro, M. P., Pérez-Marfil, M. N., Hueso-Montoro, C., Laynez-Rubio, C., & Cruz-Quintana, F. (2016). Feelings of loss and grief in parents of children diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Research in Developmental Disabilities. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ridd.2016.05.007