First and foremost we must acknowledge that there are no right and wrong ways to express your grief when losing a loved one. However, we also must acknowledge that there are many people who struggle to deal with their grief and instead of expressing it, push it deep down inside themselves, causing potential long terms issue and in some cases, a difficulty to accept what was happened.
We are sharing a few tips you can use to help express your grief at a time where you may be finding it difficult to do so…
UTILISE YOUR SUPPORT NETWORK
Family & friends can play a massive part in helping you to express your grief, and can offer support when you need it. Having people around you that you feel close to and feel comfortable around will help when needing to grieve and for some having those people around to advise and communicate with, can help them to open up and connect with their feelings.
Many people have found it extremely therapeutic to write to express their grief. Writing down your thoughts and feelings can be easier than voicing them and is a great release for getting out everything you have inside you when grieving. Whether you write a diary, a blog, an email, you can keep it just for your own reflection or share with your family or with others in a similar position as you.
If you are struggling with expressing your grief and don’t find that communicating with family and friends is helping, there are therapists and counsellors who can help you express your grief and connect with your feelings. There is no shame in seeking professional help and is actually one of the most common resources utilised in the months after the death of a loved one. There are many organisations and charities that specialise in helping with the loss of a loved one, with great resources and access to people that can help at this difficult time.
Meditation’s ability to help with grieving is extremely overlooked and shouldn’t be taken lightly for how powerful it can be in helping people in difficult times. Meditation has been most recently connected with it’s abilities to successfully help those suffering with anxiety and depression, and some people have even claimed to be cured of their struggles with the help of meditation. When it comes to grieving, meditating can help you to focus and connect with your feelings that tie into your current experience with grief. It can really help to unlock thoughts you may have pushed away or down deep.
However you decide to grieve is total up to you and your journey with grief is a personal experience that you are entitled to explore. Engaging with your feelings and thoughts on the death of a loved one can help to heal, but it is important to recognise that giving yourself time and being patient with yourself is the key to grieving.