What You Can Do to Help Yourself During the Grief Process
Losing a loved one is never easy, but it can be especially challenging when you lose a close family member such as a spouse or a child. The feelings of loss and sadness can become overwhelming. If you lost a spouse, you may be trying to cope with your own grief while trying to be a good role model for your children and helping them handle their loss.
This can be even more traumatic if your family member died suddenly due to a person’s or business’s negligence, like in a car accident, workplace accident, or slip and fall, or as a result of medical malpractice. It can take even more time to recover from your grief because your loved one’s death was so sudden, unexpected, and unfair.
Steps You Can Take to Help Yourself Through the Grieving Process
There is no right way to grieve, and each person will go through this process in his own way and on his own time schedule. However, there are things you can do to help yourself through the process:
- Have faith you will get through this. When you are going through the grieving process, you may think that you will never stop feeling the pain. Have faith that you will heal from grief and create a new life.
- Participate in rituals. Funerals, memorial services, or other traditions can help a person get through the first few days of loss. You may also want to create some traditions for important dates, such as your loved one’s birthday, your anniversary, and the anniversary of his death.
- Be with others. It is easy to become isolated after losing a family member, but you need to reach out to your family and friends who can support you.
- Talk about your loved one and your feelings. Sharing memories of your loved one and your feelings can help you work through your grief. Find the friends and family with whom you can share this or express yourself privately in a journal.
- Take care of your health. You may not feel like eating, but you need to eat for yourself and those who are relying on you. Exercise can be extremely helpful in releasing stress and improving your mood.
- Join a support group. Joining a bereavement support group, such as through your local hospice, may help you work through your grief. You may not feel ready to do this right away, but at some point it can be helpful to share your feelings with others going through a similar process.
- Seek professional help. If you become depressed, suicidal, or can’t seem to work through your grief, you may want to seek professional help.
If you have lost a family member due to someone’s negligence or medical malpractice, the last thing you may want to think about is filing a wrongful death lawsuit. However, you need to contact an experienced wrongful death attorney soon to not miss the statute of limitations to file your lawsuit. Call me at 888.716.8021 to schedule a free consultation to learn about your legal options and how I can help you through these difficult times.