Moving Forward After Losing a Loved One
I’m Ed Smith, a Sacramento wrongful death lawyer. Grieving the loss of someone you love and care about is one of the hardest things to go through. Moving on after the loss is not easy either. It’s fair to say that coping with loss is a painful experience and that it may take a lifetime to heal. However, with time and effort, it is possible to move forward with your life.
On your way to healing, you may experience several stages of grief. These emotions are natural and often times, necessary in order for you to move forward. Below are a few tips to help you move from the grieving process and towards the healing process.
Let Your Emotions Out
The loss of your loved one is painful and upsetting so it’s understandable why you may want to keep your emotions bottled up inside. However, experts say that this can lead to complications like anxiety, depression, health problems and substance abuse. To properly heal, it’s necessary for you to let it all out and face your grief head-on.
Let People Know How You Feel
Hundreds of years ago, people in mourning wore black clothes for months on end. The idea behind the black attire was to give the bereaved individual some needed space and time to mourn the loss. Nowadays, we are expected to pick ourselves up and return to normal life as soon as possible. Although you don’t need to walk around in all black clothing, it’s important to be open and honest with people about needing space and time to heal.
Let People Be There for You
You may just want to sleep your whole day away and not face reality. That is fine for awhile, but you should let people back into your life eventually. Allow those who care about you like a family member, friend or spiritual leader be there for you and share your sorrow. Mental health experts say doing this can help you get through the grieving process and move on quicker.
Take Care of Yourself
During the grieving process, it can be easy to forget simple things like eating or taking a shower. The loss of a loved one can be a shock to your body, physically, emotionally and mentally. Make sure to eat, exercise, read, meditate and go for walks. Your body needs to be nurtured during this critical time in order to handle the trauma.
Avoid Using Substances
No matter how bad you want to numb the pain, avoid using substances. While numbing yourself with drugs or alcohol may seem like a good idea, health experts say it can lead to additional problems in the long run. Instead, do activities like exercising, seeking counseling or volunteering at a local charity to distract yourself.
Time Does Not Heal All
Keep in mind that time may help but it may not heal everything. Time is the only thing that will make your loss less intense and your emotions less painful. However, your feelings of emptiness may never go away completely. Learning to embrace and accept your new life may help you resolve your loss.
Don’t Let People Tell You How You Should Feel
There’s no right or wrong way to feel when you’re dealing with grief since everyone copes with loss differently. Don’t let others tell you how you should feel. Your grief is on your own time and nobody can tell you when it’s time to move on. Don’t be embarrassed to let yourself feel whatever you are feeling, no matter how long it may take.
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I’m Ed Smith. an experienced and compassionate Wrongful Death Lawyer in Sacramento. If you’ve lost a loved one in an accident, call me at (800) 404-5400 or (916) 921-6400 for friendly, free advice. You can also reach me on online.
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