Experiencing the loss of a loved one is one of the most challenging of all human experiences. Grieving your loss is an important life passage and a natural part of the healing process. It can help you recover and offer a path to new beginnings.
Your recovery may take more or less time than you expect. Everyone grieves according to his or her own timeline. Recovery can include alternating feelings of emotional upset and peace. The sadness of losing someone you love may never go away completely. Yet with time and positive support, healing naturally occurs. Gradually, you’ll be ready to discover a new life beyond grief and your loss.
Set Small Goals
You may find that setting small goals is helpful. For example, going to a movie tomorrow and taking a trip to visit a friend next week may help you get through the immediate future following your loss. Your enjoyment may not feel the same at first. With time, you’ll gradually be able set longer-range goals.
Consider these suggestions to embrace recovery and discover what life may offer you after losing your loved one:
Learn something new. Are you interested in resuming or expanding your education? Enroll in an adult education or fitness class or join a book club. Acquiring new skills, interacting with others and staying physically active can promote healing.
Offer your time to a cause or activity that you feel strongly about. Helping others can have a positive effect on your perspective. Volunteer to help schools or your library with reading programs for youth or provide much needed visits to elders in nursing homes. There are many possibilities to connect, help others and feel useful.
Explore Your Passions
Indulge your interests. Is there something you have always wanted to do? Now is the time to re-invest in your hobbies. Run a race, revisit your musical or artistic talents, or plant your garden. Pursuing your dreams can help provide purpose in your life.
Adopt a pet
Pets can be a great source of comfort and enjoyment. They provide rewarding affection and can refocus your care and attention toward a living presence.
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