How to Cope With the Loss of a Loved One

Here is a psychologist’s advice to help people cope with grief. If you are going through grief, then this article is meant for you. Read on to find out.

Accept your feelings

In our culture, it is not customary to teach condolences. Therefore, immediately after the tragic events, you will hear many times from others you need to hold on. But it is normal to be sad, worried, and suffer in this situation.


Allow yourself to experience in a way that suits you

You probably have a template in your head of how a person should behave during tragic events. And it may not match at all how you feel.

Trying to cram yourself into the idea of ​​what you are supposed to experience will add guilt, anger to grief, and it will become even more difficult to get through the situation. So allow yourself to go through this experience without living up to someone’s (including your) expectations.

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Look for support in advance

Some days will be especially difficult; birthdays, anniversaries, other important dates associated with a departed person. And it is better in advance to create an environment in which it will be a little easier for you to get through this time.

According to Adriana Imzh, it is important to remember that, despite some existing calendar (9 days, 40 days, a year), each person experiences time in his own way; someone can meet with grief only after a few months when the shock releases and someone is already in order by the same date.

If the grief lasts for several years, it means that the person is “stuck” in the experience. In a sense, it’s easier this way – to die with the one you loved, to stop your world with him. But he hardly wanted this for you.

Adriana Imzh, consultant psychologist

And of course, even those trying to live on have difficult days; when something is remembered, a flashback happened or “inspired by music.” Crying, feeling sad, remembering is normal if your whole life does not consist of it.

In difficult situations, ask a friend for support or lock yourself in a room with a photo album and handkerchiefs, go to the cemetery, wrap yourself in your loved one’s favorite T-shirt, sort through his gifts, take a walk where you liked to walk with him. Choose ways to deal with the sadness that makes you feel better.

Limit unpleasant contacts

In an already difficult time, you will most likely have to communicate with different people; distant relatives, family friends, and so on. And not all of them will be pleasant.

Limit unwanted contacts so as not to add negative emotions to yourself. Sometimes it is better to communicate with a stranger on the Internet than with a second cousin, simply because he understands you, but she does not.

According to Adriana Image, it is still worth accepting condolences since, in our culture, it is just a way to give you space to grieve.

Yes, these people may not experience loss the way you do. But they understand that you are sad. They acknowledge that the person has died, and this is important. Better this than when everyone is indifferent and you are not allowed to experience your emotions.

Adriana Imzh, consultant psychologist

How to Cope With the Loss of a Loved One
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Don’t be surprised at your fears and worries

The loss of a loved one usually heightens the understanding that this can happen to anyone. Sometimes this leads to numbness, increases the fear of death, understanding the meaninglessness of being, or, conversely, causes an excruciating thirst for life, sex, food, or adventure. There may be a feeling that you are living wrong and a desire to change everything.

Give yourself time before doing anything. In therapy, this is called the 48-hour rule, but in the case of severe loss, the wait can be longer.

Adriana Imzh, consultant psychologist

Most likely, the idea of ​​shaving your head, leaving your family, and leaving as a freelancer to Seychelles is not the only one. Let it settle, and then act if the desire persists. Perhaps in a couple of days, it will change somewhat.

Drink less alcohol

Sometimes alcohol seems to be the solution to all problems. But getting drunk and forgetting is a short-term way to deal with them. Alcohol is a powerful depressant that negatively affects the central nervous system.

People who drink alcohol are less able to cope with stress and make more destructive decisions. It is also important to remember that sugar (found in both sweet and alcohol) increases the experience of stress, so it is best to refrain from consuming it.

Adriana Imzh, consultant psychologist

Take care of your health

Grief is already exhausting, do not aggravate the situation. Eat balanced food, walk, try to sleep about eight hours a day, drink water, breathe – very often, in grief, a person forgets to exhale. Do not add stress to the body by giving up your health.

See a psychologist

If you can’t get through the situation on your own and it doesn’t feel better for you for a long time, find a specialist. The psychologist will help you find out what exactly prevents you from getting out of a depressed state, expressing feelings, saying goodbye to your loved one, and just being with you in this difficult situation.

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Don’t be ashamed to continue living

The person close to you has died, and you continue to live, and this is normal. Quite often, we have a false sense of injustice: died too young, died before me, died because of nonsense.

But the truth is, death is part of life. We all come to die, and no one knows how long and how he will live. Someone left, someone remained to preserve the memory of the departed.

Adriana Imzh, consultant psychologist

It can be not easy to lead a familiar way of life and learn to smile and rejoice again. Don’t rush yourself if it doesn’t work out yet. But it is in this direction that we need to move, says Adriana Imzh.

Not only because the one you lost would surely want to but also because this is what makes any life, including the life of a departed person, important; we honor his memory, respect his path, and do not make a weapon of self-destruction out of his death.

Adapted and translated by The Cop Cart Staff

Sources: Life hacker