How to Cope With the Death of a Loved One

By: Jacklyn Hutchens
Thursday, October 15, 2020

Dealing with the death of a loved one is one of the hardest things to do. As time passes, the sadness typically subsides. The following methods are recommended to heal and overcome these feelings in a healthy manner:

  1. Acknowledge Your Emotions Instead of Suppressing Them
    Each person processes death in a different way. If you are overwhelmed by sadness, denial, anger, or acceptance, recognize your emotions by talking to a mental health professional with a specialization in grief. This can help you find ways to get back on track.

     
  2. Talk About the Death of Your Loved One
    Having a conversation with your friends, family members, or colleagues about the death of your loved one may help you process your feelings better and come to terms with your loss. Not doing so can lead to self-isolation, which can greatly disrupt your healing process.

     
  3. Take Care of Yourself and Your Family
    When you lose a parent, sibling, or spouse, your grief can be particularly intense, and you might struggle for long periods. You may even be unable to do daily activities like getting out of bed or eating, which can greatly affect your physical and mental health.

    Whatever your grief experience, it’s important to take care of yourself and your loved ones by allowing the healing process to naturally unfold. Consider joining a support group or use a text message service. They will serve as outlets to help you share fond memories with your deceased loved one. You must also remember to be patient with yourself since there is no “normal” period for grieving.

     
  4. Remember the Unique Life of Your Loved One
    Cremation keepsakes such as fingerprint urn pendants, rings, and charms help you honor the memory of your deceased loved one. All of these carry special love and connection and can be worn close to your heart.

     
  5. Help Others Deal With the Loss
    Listening to your loved ones’ stories and spending time with them can help everyone cope with grief and bereavement. These small efforts can make a big difference when dealing with the loss of a loved one.

Find Out More

If you want to learn more coping mechanisms for grief or browse through our catalog of cremation keepsakes, feel free to get in touch with Direct Cremation Services of Virginia. We are here for you as you grieve about the loss of your loved one.

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