It's All Soul's Day. That means we try to remember those who have passed away. It got me to thinking about the whole grief process. It is such a different experience for everyone. There is no right way to grieve but it can certainly hurt you if the negative emotions linger too long.
If you ever took Psych 101, you know the basic stages of grief. These stages don't necessarily go in order and you can jump around between them a lot:
It is important that those who are grieving take care of themselves. This means you are getting enough sleep, are eating healthy, exercising, and avoiding alcohol. Caring for yourself also means finding healthy ways to vent the strong emotions that you are feeling. Crying is an example but you can also write in a journal, create works of art, punch a pillow, do crafts, etc.
Those going through the grief process should delay making big decisions. They should also rely on the support of others such as family members, friends, co-workers, church members, pastors. counselors, or support groups. I remember when my mom passed away. I could not do even the most basic things like balance my checkbook. I had a friend that stepped in and helped me out until my mind was clearer. Don't be afraid to seek help if you need it.
Death and grief are a part of life and something that we all will deal with at some point. When it's your turn to cope be sure you are taking care of yourself as best you can.
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