How to Begin Coping with the Death of Your Spouse

After your spouse has passed on, you may feel as though your whole world has been shattered. It can be difficult to find the strength to move on and begin to rebuild your life. Remember that everyone grieves in his or her own way. Do what you feel is right to honor your spouse’s memory at the burial service or cremation ceremony.

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Mourn in Your Own Way

When your spouse has passed on, the last thing you need to worry about is being strong for other family members and friends. It’s healthy to acknowledge your grief and to allow yourself to mourn. Sometimes, well-intentioned loved ones may encourage you to begin to move on from your grief and toward acceptance. It’s perfectly fine if you feel you are not yet ready for this stage of grief. You should feel free to move toward acceptance and healing at your own pace.

Expect a Range of Emotions

Mourners experience a wide range of emotions ; there is no one “right” way to feel or to grieve. Many people cry at funeral services, while others feel too numb or in shock to express emotions. Prepare yourself to feel a bewildering range of emotions, such as confusion, guilt, anger, and fear. It’s important to acknowledge your emotions and try to learn from them.

Reach Out to Others

The grieving process often lends itself to social isolation. When you feel you’re ready, reach out to others. A support network of loving family members and friends can help you cope with your grief in your own way. Many mourners find comfort in support groups and groups affiliated with religious organizations.

Affirm Your Plans

It’s often difficult to adjust to living alone after enjoying your life with your spouse. You may feel a measure of control over your life again by making weekly plans. Plan to go on social outings, such as a visit to the library or a walk with a friend. Consider joining a book club, adopting a pet, or volunteering to babysit young relatives.

Skylawn Funeral & Memorial Park strives for excellence in family support and care during this difficult time. Our caring staff members will help you plan for your loved one’s funeral service at our tranquil grounds in San Mateo. Call (650) 349-4411 to inquire about our burial services and cremation services.

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