How to deal with grief or loss?

Dealing with loss or grief can be a difficult process to go through. Sometimes going through loss or grief can also be a sudden and unexpected event. Some people may experience extreme physical pain or a shock from a sudden unpredictable loss. Everyone reacts differently to these events, but there are ways to cope physically and emotionally.

At the time of loss and grief, it’s important to acknowledge your pain and understand that your grieving process will be unique to you. Thus, there’s no one way of grieving. Instead, we can deal with our loss very differently, in different phases and at different times.

Sudden loss or deep grief can arouse surprising emotions at many different moments. This can even feel confusing at times, but it may help to acknowledge that grief can trigger multiple varying and unexpected emotions which is normal. There are no wrong or right emotions when dealing with loss.

When you are processing a life change due to a loss, be gentle with yourself and remember it won’t feel like this forever. The feelings you are experiencing are temporary. All emotions will eventually pass or change.

It’s also good to reach out for face-to-face support from people who care about you and/or professionals. The personal healing process of a loss can feel lonely thus reaching out to others may help. Moreover, within your capabilities, it’s good to try to support yourself emotionally by taking care of yourself physically. Even a little daily movement can make a difference.

Importantly, acknowledge you are not alone in dealing with loss or grief and don’t have to go through it alone.

“Just because no one else can heal or do your inner work for you, doesn’t mean that you can, should or need to do it alone.” – Lisa Olivera

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