Losing a loved one is always hard, but when the passing is unexpected and sudden, the effects intensify. These tips will help you cope in the wake of a sudden loss of a loved one.
Take Your Grief Seriously
Grief affects each person differently. In Old English, the root word for grief translates to mean “soreness of the heart.” So it is a physical pain, an emotional pain, a mental pain and (for some) a spiritual pain. Today’s medical community is aware that broken heart syndrome, which mimics medical cardiac arrest, is very real. In other words, grief can kill. Reach out for help if you need to and take your own grief very seriously.
Tackle Your To-Do List One Step at a Time
With the unexpected, sudden loss of your loved one, there is likely a list of things that need to be completed on their behalf. You need to make burial arrangements, notify loved ones, open a wrongful death case in the event another’s negligence is suspected and many more things besides. To help with the process, speaking with an Atlanta personal injury lawyer. Just take one task at a time and do not push yourself too hard. Grief comes first.
Take Positive Action in Remembrance
Perhaps the toughest part of the grief process is wanting to “do something” or take some action to ease the pain. Grief experts suggest that doing something positive to remember your loved one can meet this need, whether it is planting a commemorative tree, naming a star after them, volunteering for a good cause your loved one supported or another action.
Stay Connected to Your Own Life
It can be so tempting to just withdraw into yourself when grief strikes. But this is not the most healthy or helpful choice when you are grieving. Reaching out to your loved ones, attending a grief support circle, going online to find a supportive forum and adding structure to your days by including others will be much more helpful as you continue grieving.
Listen Only to Supportive, Patient Messages
Any message you get from yourself or others that suggests you should follow a specific pace in moving through the grief process should be ignored. Rather, proceed to grieve at your own pace and seek out only supportive, patient messages as you do so.
By understanding how to cope when a loss is so sudden and unanticipated, you can safeguard your health and take each step of the grief process as it comes.