Taking Care of Yourself

Whether you are anticipating the loss of a loved one or are bereaved, there are specific things you can do to take care of yourself.

  • Think about what you can do physically to take care of yourself.  Taking a walk, getting rest, minimizing alcohol and eating well can help you find the physical strength needed to manage the emotional challenges.  
  • Give yourself permission to take a break from your sadness.  It is okay to laugh or have fun in order to relieve the stress and tension that grief brings into our lives.
  • Consider ways to deal with your fears and emotions by talking with a professional, faith leader or joining a support group either for caregivers or a bereavement group.
  • Know that you may experience a range of emotions including sorrow, anger, relief, confusion and a deep sense of longing.
  • Relax your expectations of yourself at this difficult time.  You may not be able to accomplish and manage all the things you are used to doing and that is okay.  
  • Remember that everyone goes through this process in their own way and at their own pace.  generally there is no one right way.
  • The loss of a loved one can be a roller coaster of emotions and profound sadness is a normal reaction.  If you are experiencing intense, pervasive sense of guilt, thoughts of suicide or a preoccupation with dying or an inability to function in your daily life, please seek the help of a professional counselor.  

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