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7 Tips for Coping With Loss Each Day of the Week

Loss is an inevitable part of life and grief is just a natural part of the healing process. Grief is an emotional reaction to a significant loss. It affects different people in different ways. There are several reasons why people grieve, such as the loss of a job, the letting go of a long-held dream and more painfully, the loss of a loved one. Dealing with loss can be one of the most difficult times in a person's life.

To aid people in what may seem like a kind of pain that is impossible to recover from, here are seven techniques for coping with grief, one for each day of the week. You do no have to apply it immediately after the initial shock of the loss, but this will guide you on your path to acceptance and moving forward when each day may seem harder than the last.


Honor your grief whether it's the loss of a loved one, loss of a job, or a failed relationship. You need to give attention to grief because ignoring it will definitely not make it go away. In fact, it can surface years later or cause depression and even substance abuse.


Recognize your feelings. After a loss it's normal to feel some or all of the following: guilt, sadness, shock, anger, denial, numbness, depression, fear, emptiness, or guilt. Every person is different; thus, feelings won't be the same for everyone.


Also take time to remember. There's no need to rush. You don't have to force yourself to move on. If you've lost someone, you could light a candle at night or talk to them silently in a prayer.


Have a support group. There would be times when you want to be alone, but it's very important to have someone to talk to. People in your support group could include your family, friends, pastors, and someone in the community who has experienced losing someone.


Though you are in the process of grieving, it's important to take care of yourself. Take plenty of sleep and rest. Eat well and take regular exercise. Also engage yourself in some activities or take some hobbies. Also, take time off work but not too long in case you suddenly fall into depression which may result due to too much inactivity in your life.


Be prepared for the impact of birthdays and other milestones in the person's life. These important dates could reawake your feelings and may take you by surprise in case you're not prepared. To make it easier, you can also plan some type of tribute to honor the person, particularly on dates that are special to you or the person.


Surrender to the loss. There would be a point where you would need to accept that the person has gone and it's time to move on and start a new life again without the person. As painful and as difficult as it may seem to be, it is indeed possible.

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