Healing Insights

Tips for Those Who Grieve:

  1. Give yourself time to grieve.
  2. Take care of yourself physically: Rest, eat and exercise.
  3. Consider joining a support group or meeting with a counselor.
  4. Jot down thoughts and feelings in a journal.
  5. Remember that it’s OK to cry; tears can be healing.
  6. Seek comfort in your faith, if that feels right.
  7. Work through your “unfinished business” with the deceased person to express your love, gratitude, regrets, anger. You might try an armchair conversation with him or her.
  8. Develop comforting rituals that continue your bond with the person, like looking through photos, preparing familiar meals or marking anniversaries.
  9. It’s OK to cherish belongings of the person who has died, like jewelry, books or furniture.
  10. You may find satisfaction in carrying on your loved one’s work.
  11. Seek comfort in your lifelong sources of joy, such as nature or music.
  12. Pay attention to your kids; they are grieving, too.
  13. Know that pangs of sadness and longing are normal, even years after the death.

Tips for friends and supporters of the bereaved:

  1. Don’t be silent or afraid to talk about the deceased person.
  2. On the anniversary of his/her death, ask how the survivor is doing, or whether there’s anything you can do to help.
  3. Write a note remembering the person who died, for example to his/her children.

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