Dealing with the loss of a loved one is extremely difficult. Many of us deal with loss in very different ways- There is no right or wrong way to deal with loss. There are however, ways we can cope with loss and things we can do for others who are dealing with a loss.
If you have recently lost a loved one, allow yourself to feel- you may be feeling a variety of emotions all at once and that’s normal. Whether you wish to grieve alone or amongst an emotional support team, letting yourself grieve is key to coping with your loss. Your grieving process is your own- remember to be kind to yourself- you’ll wake one day to find the pain is less and life can go on.
On the other hand, if you know someone who is grieving the loss of a loved one, do your best to be supportive and don’t avoid them. Many times we avoid those in pain because we’re unsure of what to say. Your mere presence and a simple “I’m sorry for your loss” shows that you care. Maybe let the grieving person know that you’re there for them if they need to talk and remind them that it’s ok to feel sad or lost.
Unfortunately, everyone deals with the loss of a loved one- Recently, we lost a very dear client, and then last night, I unexpectedly lost a friend to a battle with cancer. The pain is here and it’s very real, but allowing myself to grieve and having a great support group has helped tremendously.
There’s always professional help to get you through the grieving process as well. It’s absolutely nothing to be ashamed of and the benefits of talking to a professional who can help you through the grieving process can be extremely helpful.
As always, if there is anything we can do for you at Southern Arizona Eldercare, please don’t hesitate to ask!
~ Staff at Southern Arizona Eldercare