After your loved one is laid to rest, it can be very hard to go on with your everyday life. The world keeps moving forward but things just aren’t the same. The recency of your loved one’s death is your biggest hurdle. Although you can’t speed up time or move forward faster, there are 4 tips to help you after the funeral.

1. Get out of the House

One of the best ways to deal with the recent loss of your loved one is to get out of the house and do something. Call up your friends for dinner or go to a movie. Go to the gym and get some exercise. The natural endorphins created from exercise will lift your spirits, even if just for the moment.

2. Have Some Alone Time

Give yourself some alone time to just think. Yes, it’s important to get out of the house and interact with people, but if you never take any time to reflect on your loss, it will sneak up on you at a time when you’re not prepared. Take some time each day to relax and think about what has happened.

3. Let it Out

Everyone handles grief differently, but talking about your feelings and showing your emotion is a very healthy way to deal. Find someone to talk to, whether that’s a family member, friend, or grief counselor, it doesn’t matter, so long as they are willing to listen.

If you want to cry, then cry. If you can’t cry, that’s okay too, you’ll cry when you’re ready. Don’t think you have to be strong for your children or your siblings or a friend. Everyone deserves a chance to show their emotions when they feel the need.

4. Talk to Your Lost Loved One

Are you thinking about your lost loved one a lot today? You’re going to miss your loved one every day, but some days will be more tough than others. Did something funny happen to you today? Maybe you had a particularly long day at work? If you’re used to sharing these daily occurrences with the one you lost, there’s no reason why you still can’t.

The funeral of your lost loved one is what makes your loss final and real. The weeks following the funeral will be challenging, but there are ways to get though. Pay attention to your feelings and give yourself time to grieve.