The loss of a loved one can be extremely difficult to deal with, bringing with it multitude of emotions including sadness, depression, and even anger. It is only natural that you will greatly miss the person who has passed on, and to want nothing more than to just have a little more time with them. Many people who have been providing care for someone for a long time will feel an extraordinary sense of loss because their entire life was centered around providing care for the now deceased loved one. This is a natural reaction to the loss of a loved one, and is a part of the normal grieving process.
There are a number of different ways to grieve and recover from a difficult loss. The biggest thing is to not ignore your grief. There are many support options that may be available for you until you are able to cope with your grief on your own. If you feel completely overwhelmed or depressed, please seek out help immediately.
Family and friends can serve as a great support system. Because they are grieving too, many people find that sharing memories with friends and family can really help. Sometimes people are reluctant to bring up the loss or mention the deceased’s name because they worry about hurting others. But talking directly about the loss of the loved one can help everyone with the grieving process.
Grief counseling can often help people work through the pain of losing a loved one. There are grief counselors who work with groups and those who will talk with you one-on-one. Regular therapy sessions can assist people in learning to accept the loss and, eventually move on to create a new life. There are also support groups where grieving people help each other. These groups can even be centered on specific types of loss including parents who have lost children, or people who have lost spouses. Other resources to check with include religious organizations, local hospitals, hospice groups, or possibly your doctor.
A key part of hospice service is providing grief counseling to the family of someone who was under their care. Hospice workers may be able to provide bereavement support even if they were not being used before the death. If the loved one passed away at a nursing home or hospital, there could be social worker’s you could ask to provide additional resources that can help. Funeral homes might also be able to suggest where you can find counseling.
During difficult times like these people often forget to take good care of themselves and their health suffers. The stress from grieving can make you physically sick. Remember to eat well, exercise, get enough sleep, and pay close attention to your overall health. The sooner you can get back to doing the things in life that you enjoy – the better. Surround yourself with friends and get out and be social again – it will be good for you and good for them too.