When you lose someone that you love, it is an incredibly complex feeling. Everyone grieves differently, but your journey will be determined by how your mind processes the loss. Fortunately, though the topic is an emotive one, there are plenty of positive grieving practices you can try after suffering a loss. This post has some of the most practical and impactful actions.
Design a Memorial Garden
With grief and processing loss, having a memorial garden as a place of anchorage is a lovely thing to do for the memory of your loved one. It can also help the personal journey too. This plot of land might be just for you and close loved ones, or a wider community projec. You could fund it through donations or sponsors and it should always feature some point of reference to your loved one like a classic engraved brick. This will be a nice, positive place for you to sit and connect with all the many thoughts that are bound to be racing around your mind.
Go to Talking Therapy
Sometimes, losing someone can only be processed with professional input. A fully licensed therapist who is trained and has extensive experience with grief counseling may not have all the answers, but they will certainly have some directions in which to move with you. An external voice, that is separate from a partner or a friend and is void of emotional connection, is often one of the safest spaces to express and work through everything on your mind.
Feel Your Feelings
One of the hardest parts of losing someone is that real life has to carry on. You are still here in the world existing and they are somewhere out of sight. This is a difficult concept to connect with, and it’s not always easy to get up every day feeling the weight of emotions on your chest and retain functionality.
Whether it is showing up for your children or performing in a professional capacity, it is bound to take a toll. Feeling what you need to feel will be an integral part of reintegrating yourself into society and normality. This means connecting with what your brain and body require for starting the process of healing and moving forward. If it’s anger, let it happen. If it’s sadness, don’t fight the tears. Expression of emotion s a healthy response.
Channel It into Exercise and Lifestyle Habits
Grief definitely brings about a transitional phase in life. With this transition, you are faced with a choice. You can do things that help you feel better, or you can dig into the depths of it all and not take positive action. Exercise and healthy eating are important when you are low on resilience. They provide a much needed boost in motivation, energy, and general well-being. Don’t ever underestimate the power of a good, focused cardio workout and a few healthy meals here and there.
Positive grieving practices are hard to implement but the benefits are worth more than words. Whether it is a memorial garden with a special feature or exploring a therapy route, grief is there to be processed.