Losing someone you love is one of the most painful experiences in life. Healing is never simple. Accepting that life will never be as it was is a very difficult task. Here are some thoughts we hope will offer a touch of comfort through this painful time.
Making Room for Your Pain
Of course, there will be times when you suppress or ignore the pain that you feel. That’s part of the grieving process. And at other times, when you’re ready, try allowing (accepting) the pain you feel, letting it be a part of your experience. Just remember that whether you feel sadness, anger, or fear, these are natural emotions and they are simply part of healing.
Friends and Family Can Provide Some Support
You don’t need to go through the grief process on your own. Your friends and family may be dealing with the same emotions that you are struggling with, or they may want to help but not know how. It’s okay to ask for support and help from them, and sometimes tell them what you need so they know how to be there for you.
There’s No Timeline for the Grieving Process
Many people feel that they need to feel healed within a specific amount of time. Healing from loss often takes years, but that’s okay. Everyone has a different healing story. Don’t feel pressured to “feel better” by a certain date.
You Will Discover a “New Normal”
Life is not ever going to be the same after a loss. Accepting this is part of healing. Eventually, times of sadness or anger will seem further apart. While you will always miss the one you lost, a time will come when there’s a new normal in life.
The grieving process can be easier with the help of a therapist that can guide you in working with your emotions and help support you while you are healing.