How to Cope when Grieving:

    1. Be Compassionate and Gentle with Yourself

The journey through grief can be long and difficult. Remember to be very gentle with yourself.

      • Treat yourself as you would your child. Be kind, loving, tender, caring and generous.
      • Accept that you have suffered a debilitating wound, and you need to heal.
      • Think of yourself as in intensive care.

 Grief Relief 101 – How to Cope when Grieving

  1. It’s Okay to Need Comfort
    Needing comfort and support is natural.

    • It’s good to be taken care of by others.
    • It’s okay to receive comfort…and lots of it.
    • Your wound is real and painful. Your world has been drastically changed.
    • Be willing to take advantage of the comfort offered.

     

  2. Rest – Get Lots of RestIt is important to get lots of rest when you can. When grieving, rest will be at a premium since your sleep pattern may be disrupted. When you are tired, give yourself permission to rest at that moment—whether a mid-afternoon nap, morning slumber or an early night of sleep.
    • Go slow. Don’t rush.
    • Plan rest into your day.
    • Keep your schedule light.
    • Go to bed earlier, sleep in later.

     

  3. No, you are not going crazy.Forgetfulness, brain fog and clumsiness are commonly experienced after a loss.
    • No one could have prepared you for the experience of grief…the searing pain, the sleepless nights and the change in your world.
    • These strong, painful, debilitating feelings can mean you are at the core of your grief….you may have moved out of shock into stark reality…this can be one of the most trying times of grief.

    But hold on, know these crazy and painful feelings will not last forever…the pain will soften, and you will receive hope.

Hope is not pretending that troubles don’t exist…
It is the trust that they will not last forever,
that hurts will be healed and difficulties overcome…
It is faith that a source of strength and renewal lies within
to lead us through the dark to the sunshine.

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