From the moment someone we love becomes seriously ill or passes away, our life is never the same. Yet it can be happy, healthy and fulfilling again. Enjoying or exploring new activities after a loss is important.
Expressing your grief will help you to heal. Take time to reflect on your loved one’s life and remember the positive experiences that you shared together. Remember, grief is a process that takes time. Be patient.
Talking with family and friends, hospice professionals, bereavement experts and spiritual advisors can help you process feelings of grief and begin to focus on the reality of your “new normal.”
Consider these suggestions to ease yourself back into your new reality of living without your loved one:
- Join a support group
Talk with others who have experienced a similar situation to help you understand your feelings
- Do something new
Enroll in an adult education or fitness class, join a book club or volunteer. Acquiring new skills, interacting with others and staying physically active can promote healing.
Learn from your loss
- Establish a tribute to your loved one
Consider setting up an online memorial site, scholarship or charitable contributions to honor their memory.