The most important factor in healing from loss is having the support of other people. Even if you are not comfortable talking about your feelings under normal circumstances, it is important to express them when you are grieving. Sharing your loss makes the burden of grief easier to manage. Connecting with others will help you in your journey of healing.
Turn to friends and family members.
Draw loved ones close, rather than avoiding them, and accept the assistance that is offered. Often, people want to help but do not know how. Tell them what you need, such as a shoulder to cry on or help with funeral arrangements.
Take comfort in rituals
If you engage in a religious practice, embrace the comfort that mourning rituals can provide. Spiritual rituals that are meaningful to you may include praying or attending services at a place of worship. If you are questioning your faith in the wake of the death, talk to the clergy or spiritual leader in your faith community. If you do not engage in religious practice, find a different kind of ritual to help you feel grounded, like meditation or yoga.
Find a safe outlet
If you are struggling to discuss your grief and loss with your support system or to use faith/religion to cope, consider finding an outlet for your grief, such as spending time engaging in a meaningful hobby, like creating art. Also, consider seeking professional help, such as enlisting the help of a therapist, or going to a support group, to process your grief in a safe space.
If your child expresses thoughts of wanting to harm themselves or others, call 9-1-1 or visit the nearest emergency department.
988 Suicide and Crisis Lifeline:
Text any message to 9-8-8
Chat online at 988lifeline.org/chat
Crisis Text Line:
Text “HOME” to 741741
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