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23rd Feb

2017

Help In Healing

WE HAVE TALKED before of how each person will experience bereavement in a unique way. No two people are alike. Don’t assume that you will grieve in the same way as others. You are you, and you are different.

At the same time, there may be things you can learn from the experience of others that may prove helpful. Though there is no avoiding the fact that bereavement is a very hard and long journey, many find that there are things that help them in the process of healing. Some of these may be helpful to you as well. Some may not. Here are some things worth considering and perhaps trying.

  • Find ways of expressing your feelings in some outward way. Write poetry. Create a memorial showing your love for the one you have lost. Plant a special flower bed. There are many ways of expressing the feelings within your heart and doing so might help in your healing.
  • Keep a journal. If you can put what you are feeling into words, it can help you acknowledge and accept what is going on within your heart and mind. Putting words to feelings can, for some people, be an additional way of processing and resolving these feelings.
  • Crying. Because of the culture in which they were raised, many people have come to associate weeping with weakness. You may find that you try to avoid weeping, yet tears can be a powerful physical expression of deep emotion. Some have found that by giving themselves permission to cry, they find in their tears a deep emotional catharsis and healing.
  • Confiding in someone you trust. There is an intimacy about grief. The feelings are very personal, deep and very powerful, and you may consider them to be very private. If you know someone you can trust, though, you may find a relief in sharing these feelings. It may help you overcome the feeling of isolation frequently experienced during bereavement. If you do not have a close friend you trust, consider talking with a counselor.
  • Connecting or staying connected with old friends and family can give you strength. It can help you maintain a sense of close community and it is another way of lifting you out of a sense of isolation. It can remind you that you are part of a greater whole.
  • If you have a faith, then turn to it for strength and healing. Whatever your beliefs might be, turn to that deepest part of your heart and mind. Many find comfort in drawing from and, in some cases, rekindling whatever is spiritual within them.
  • Even though it might be the last thing you feel like doing, consider taking up something new. Take up a new hobby. Learn a new skill. Join a new group. It does not have to be a big step. Embracing something new even in a small way may help you look to the future. It may help you heal.

Hospice offers bereavement support up to thirteen months for family members. We know that each person’s grief is different. We are here for you. We are here to help. You can reach us at 678.878.3440.

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