Good Grief: Healing After a Loss

Losing a loved one is an indescribable pain, one that we all experience at some point. Grief is the natural and deeply personal response to our loss. It’s a complex mix of emotions that can include sadness, anger, and confusion. For some, grief might be a quiet internal process; for others, it might be an outward expression of emotion. Grief doesn’t follow a set pattern or timeline. It’s a reflection of the love and connection that we feel for the person we lost. Just as there’s no one-size-fits-all approach to grief, the healing process is personal. It’s also non-linear. It’s common to have days when the pain feels lighter, followed by moments when it feels overwhelming again. This ebb and flow is a normal part of healing.

Self-care is paramount. It’s important to keep a regular sleep schedule, eat nutritious meals, and engage in light exercise. Take each day as it comes, with a generous dose of self-kindness and self-patience. Equally important is seeking support – whether it’s from friends, family, coworkers, or professional counselors.

Acknowledging and sharing feelings can offer some relief. Whether it’s through conversation, writing, art, or some other way, releasing emotions is a healthy way to cope. Remembering and celebrating the life of the loved one can be comforting. This might involve sharing stories and photos or participating in activities the loved one enjoyed. Finding a support network is essential. Often, there’s an outpouring of support from family, friends, and colleagues in the early days after a loss, but later, the recovery process can be lonelier. It can be painful to see others move on with their lives if your own loss continues to feel unbearable. When that happens, seeking professional counseling can be a positive step forward.

Your EAP offers counselors who specialize in grief and recovery and can be reached 24/7/365 by calling 800-252-4555. They can offer a safe space to explore emotions and work through the complexities of grief. Coping with grief is one of the most common reasons people turn to their EAP. Each person’s journey is unique, and finding the right combination of self-care, support, and professional help is key to navigating the path  to recovery.

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