Talk About Your Grief
For some people who are grieving the loss of a loved one, it may be hard to talk about the feelings of hopelessness and despair that go hand in hand with grief. Friends sometimes shy away and feel uncomfortable when we bring up the name of the one who has passed away. To avoid making them uneasy, we tend to clam up and not talk about what is really going on inside our hearts and our minds. This is not a healthy way to live. We need to be able to express the feelings we are experiencing and share our thoughts with others.
I found that a support group called The Compassionate Friends was very helpful in allowing me to express my grief with others who understood the pain of losing a child. I highly recommend finding a local or online support group to be able to share your thoughts and memories with others who you know will not get uncomfortable. There are groups for widows/widowers, suicide support, and many others. Many of these groups hold memorial events such as Memory Walks, Candle Lighting Ceremonies and Butterfly Releases, which brings a sense of connection to the deceased and with the members of the group.
By allowing yourself to talk about your grief, you are allowing yourself to heal. Often in the beginning stages of grief, we feel guilty for wanting to heal and be happy again. Our loved ones would want us to experience joy and all that life still has in store for us. Sharing your thoughts and feelings with others facing similar situations can build strong friendships and pave the road for you to process your grief in a healthy way, so you can enjoy life once again.
To discover more ways to deal with grief, read: New Hope For The New Year.
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