Strategies for coping with the loss of a loved one
Most of us are familiar with the five common stages of grief—denial, anger, bargaining, depression and, finally, acceptance—but everyone experiences the loss of a loved one in his or her own way. According to WebMD.com, there is no normal amount of time to grieve, but sadness does ease eventually. It’s important to:
• Give yourself time: Accept that grieving is a process; sometimes a long one.
• Talk about it: Don’t isolate yourself. Spend time with friends and family.
• Take care (of yourself): Don’t skip exercise or sleep. Eat well.
• Focus on hobbies: Return to the activities that bring you joy.
• Get support: Meet with other people who are grieving. Support groups are a good place to start.
If your pain doesn’t get better with time and you can’t move on, consider talking to your doctor or a licensed therapist.