Finding ways to cope with the death of a loved one can be one of the hardest things to do. Whether the person who has passed away is a dear friend or beloved family member, losing them is one of the hardest things to experience at any age. Everyone has different ways to cope with the death of a loved one, some people mourn deeply while others act as though nothing has happened while inside they are falling to pieces. Hopefully these tips can help you out. I lost a family member almost a year ago and a very close friend last week, I am still reeling from both losses so I wanted to share with you the different things I do to try to feel better.
Crying may seem like one of the more obvious ways to cope with the death of a loved one, but some people refuse to let themselves cry. Crying doesn’t make you weak, it helps you release the pent up feelings inside of you and makes you less tense while allowing you to express your grief. If you have someone you are comfortable with, have them wrap you in their arms while you sob. If you are more of a private person, curl up in bed and bawl your eyes out. Just make sure you don’t stay there for days. I fell into a deep depression after the death of my family member and I am only now, 11 months later, starting to pull myself out of it. If you feel unable to cry, and sometimes you do, play songs, movies or home videos that make you think of the person and force yourself to cry. I know that sounds ridiculous, but the relief you feel after a good cry is worth it.