Saturday, September 5, 2015

How to Grieve the Loss of a Loved One

Losing a loved one is something that you will carry with you for the rest of your life. Whether you lose a parent, grandparent, child or close friend, you may need some time to cope with your loss and figure out how to move on with your life. Though you feel down and sad right now, you will eventually learn how to remember your loved one and remember the great times you shared together. In the days, weeks, months and even years after losing someone special, you can find ways to grieve and move on.

Celebrate His or Her Life 

Far too many people think that the grieving process is a time to focus on everything that person will miss out on and how much they miss that individual. Now is actually a good time to celebrate his or her life. Do something memorable that lets you remember all the great moments you had together. Gather a group of family and friends together to do something in honor of your loved one. You might share dinner at his or her favorite restaurant or go camping at a campground the person loved. Share stories and memories together of your missing loved one. 

Do Something Unexpected 

When thinking about your loved one, see if there is anything that person always wanted to do and never got the chance. Maybe a friend looked forward to seeing a film starring her favorite actor, or maybe you had a father who always wanted to go skydiving. No matter how crazy it might seem, you can do that completely unexpected thing in honor or your loved one's memory. Whether it's skydiving, getting a tattoo, visiting a foreign country or meeting a celebrity, you can do it for your loved one. 

Memorialize Your Loved One 

Grieve your loss at the same time that you memorialize the loved one who passed on. Add a new Christmas ornament to tree in honor of that person, or bring home a sculpture of an angel or something similar. The Willow Tree Collection and similar collections have beautiful sculptures and figurines that are perfect for those going through the grieving process. You may want to place a memorial marker in your garden or a paved stone with the person's name on the top too. Though it may take some time, you will eventually remember your loved one without always feeling so sad.

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