Vicki Harrison once said: “Grief is like the ocean; it comes in waves, ebbing and flowing. Sometimes the water is calm, and sometimes it is overwhelming. All we can do is learn to swim.”
Coping with the loss of a loved one may be one of the hardest challenges we are faced with. What’s hard to grasp is that death is a natural part of life, yet it can feel so unnatural, so traumatic, so unfair, and so heart-wrenching. Whether it be a friend, a lover, a family member, a coworker, a neighbor, or even a pet - death is something that shakes us to our core.
This can be a very sensitive subject, but I wanted to shed some light on it as many of you have been writing in asking for advice on this topic.
So here are 4 tips to help you cope during such a difficult time:
1) Give Yourself Permission to Feel Grief
Initially, it is okay to feel bad or be in a negative vibration while mourning the loss of a loved one. It's completely normal to feel that way. You need to allow yourself to be upset. It's important to understand that you can't always positively think yourself out of the sad feelings you may be experiencing.
2) Get Support
During a difficult time like the loss of a loved one, it's imperative that you seek out support from others to help you get through it. Turn to family members and friends, reconnect with your faith, or even talk to a counselor if necessary. If you're someone who normally isn't comfortable sharing your feelings, this may seem difficult, but it's important while grieving a loss, and connecting with others will help you heal.
3) Get Motivated
Try to turn your negative situation into a positive situation after the initial grieving process. Use the energy you're feeling from your loss and channel it towards something good. For example, you can donate or start a charity in the persons’ name, participate in a marathon that's giving back to a cause, or you can try to inspire and help other people who may be going through a hard time.
4) Don't Feel Guilty
Eventually, you will start to feel like yourself again, and when that happens, don't feel guilty. You need to remember that you're still here and have love and light to give the world, so don't let guilt hold you back from feeling happy again.
The grieving process is different for everyone. There's not a "one size fits all" when it comes to mourning the loss of a loved one. If this is something you are dealing with right now, I want to tell you that I am deeply sorry for your loss and I hope you can see some light in these tips. And if you have any tips of your own please share them in the comment box below as you may just help someone else in the Mind Movies community. I truly appreciate you :)
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*The Mind Movies team has updated this post on October 29th, 2018 to include the latest information for our readers.*
Natalie Ledwell is a best selling author, speaker and successful entrepreneur. She's passionate about helping others to achieve their greatest dreams and ambitions through her personal development programs and her online TV show, The Inspiration Show.