Tips for Coping with Grief After the Death of a Loved One

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The most difficult part of coming to terms with the death of a loved one isn’t planning the funeral or burial services, but coping with the grief and sense of loss. Everyone mourns differently, but to move on with your life, you must deal with that grief. Consider these tips to help you cope with your grief after the death of a loved one.

  • Everyone grieves differently
    What works for you might not work for another person coping with the death of the same loved one. Some people are hesitant to attend the funeral service, and others find solace in visiting the grave day after day. Neither response is better than the other; each person must process their feelings in their own way.
  • Grief doesn’t have a time line
    You might experience sudden waves of grief, even years after your loved one has passed. As you go through the stages of grief, some stages may linger longer than others, which is common and natural.
  • Sadness is only one aspect of grief
    It’s okay to be angry. It’s also okay to laugh, to smile, and to be happy for the person who has passed on. Some people feel a great sense of joy when someone who has been very ill and in pain for a long time passes away. If your loved one held strong religious beliefs or faith in an afterlife, then you can take solace in knowing that your loved one did not view passing as a final chapter.
  • Don’t try to do it alone
    Grieve with people who are also coping with the loss—cry together, talk, reminisce, and share the pain with others. Lean on your friends and those close to you who aren’t experiencing grief to find strength, comfort, and peace. Support groups can be beneficial option, too.

The passing of a loved one is a difficult time in any person’s life, and Skylawn Memorial Park is here to help you. Located in San Mateo, our services include funeral, burial, memorial, and cremation services. Give us a call at (650) 349-4411 to speak with our compassionate staff.

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