One of life’s greatest challenges is coping with the loss of someone you love dearly. The pain that accompanies death can be extraordinarily overwhelming, bringing forth a range of unexplained emotions. This pain can be so severe that it wholly affects your physical health, inhibiting your ability to eat, sleep, and think. While it may seem extreme, these reactions are very normal. Even though everyone grieves and copes with that pain in their own way, there are many ways to take hold of that grief and sadness and comes to terms with your loss.
The Grieving Process
While there are set stages of the grieving process, those who have experienced a significant loss deal with their grief in a variety of ways. Grief tends to be a very individual, very private process and experience–there’s truly no ‘right’ or ‘wrong’ way to grieve. Typically, how one goes through the grieving process is dependent on their personality, faith, coping style, and most importantly, how significant of a loss they experienced. Regardless, the grieving process takes time and should never be rushed or diminished. Grieving is about healing, and it must be accomplished with much patience. If you or someone you know recently experienced a loss, here are a few ways to help them–or yourself–cope with the pain:
Acknowledge the pain.
Recognize that grief is capable of triggering various emotions.
Understand that the grieving process is unique to each person.
Seek out support for your grief, whether it’s through family or a professional.
Give yourself emotional support. Take care of yourself physically and mentally.
Understand and recognize the difference between grief and depression.
Although death and loss is an inevitable part of life, there are numerous ways to cope with such loss and pain. Grief can truly be a rollercoaster ride with some days that are better than others. However, with the right support system, your grief will soon ease and even subside. Always remember, it’s okay to allow yourself time to grieve, for it’s the only sure way that you’ll be able to make peace with the situation and move forward in life.