The Grieving Process and You: How to Cope With Losing a Family Member

Did you just lose a spouse, a parent, a sibling, or someone else who played a very important role in your life? If so, you’re probably feeling your fair share of pain and anguish right now.

This is completely normal and is all part of the grieving process. The loss of a loved one can kick up all kinds of emotions inside of a person and make it difficult for them to live a normal life.

The good news is that you’re not going to feel this way forever. Time heals all wounds, as they say, and with some time, you’ll start to feel better and even get back to doing the things that you enjoy doing again.

The key to getting things back to normal is going through the grieving process as opposed to trying to resist it. Let’s take a closer look at what this process is and see how you can use it to your benefit if you’ve lost a loved one recently.

Begin by Familiarizing Yourself With the Grieving Process

In the immediate aftermath of a loved one’s loss, you’re going to hear a lot about the grieving process. Everyone from your fellow family members to the funeral director who is helping organize your loved one’s funeral services will talk to you about it.

So, what is the grieving process, and what does the grieving process look like? Well, it’s a process that typically involves five different stages. These stages are:

  • Denial
  • Anger
  • Bargaining
  • Depression
  • Acceptance

As you work your way through the process, you’re going to have to hit all five of these stages of grief at some point. Not everyone goes through the stages in order, and not everyone spends the same amount of time on them.

But to grieve the loss of a loved one properly, you’ll have to hit all five stages before everything is all said and done. It’s the only way you’re going to successfully come around to accepting your loved one’s loss so that you can move on with your life.

Jumpstart the Grieving Process as Soon as You Can

As you may have just noticed, the first stage associated with the grieving process is “denial.” This is a tricky stage because it’s difficult for a lot of people to move past it, even though it might not seem as though that would be the case. They get stuck on this stage because they don’t always recognize they’re in a state of denial.

Often times, making funeral arrangements for your loved one will help you to come to terms with their loss. You’ll have a tough time denying their death when you’re playing an active role in planning their funeral.

Whether you help to find the least expensive way to be cremated so that your loved one can go through the cremation process or decide to have them buried, you can benefit from lending a hand with their funeral plans.

Lean on Your Support System While Grieving the Loss of a Loved One

It doesn’t matter how resilient and tough you might think you are. You’re not going to be able to make it through the grieving process on your own without the help of family members, friends, and others.

You should try to create a support system for yourself right from the very beginning. It should be one of the first things you do when you’re trying to figure out what to do after the loss of a loved one.

This support system will be there for you when you feel weak and hopeless and don’t know how you’re going to carry on. They’ll make a big difference in how you’re able to maneuver through the mourning process.

Resist the Urge to Rush Through the Grieving Process

Following your loved one’s loss, you might be tempted to try and “get over it” sooner rather than later in an effort to make the pain you feel go away.

Some people do this by throwing themselves into their work. Others turn to substances like drugs and/or alcohol to dull the pain.

But you can’t rush the grieving process. If you try to do this, it might just make it last even longer than it would otherwise.

You should commit to not doing anything that’s going to hinder your ability to go through the grieving process. If you feel the urge to do something that’s going to delay your progress, resist it at all costs.

You might not love the way that you feel while you’re grieving. But eventually, you’ll be able to find the light at the end of the tunnel and enjoy a sense of relief.

Find Ways to Pay Tribute to Your Loved One as You Move Forward in Life

There are a lot of people who don’t ever get around to going through the grieving process because they feel as though they’re going to be forgetting their loved one’s legacy if they “accept” their death. They get stuck on one of the five stages of grief and don’t ever truly move on as a result of it.

You should know that completing the process doesn’t mean that you’re letting go of the memory of your loved one. Rather, it means that you’re finally letting go of the pain and anguish you feel following their death.

You can continue to hold on to your loved one in your heart by finding a way to pay tribute to them. That might mean creating a small display in your home for them or starting a charitable organization in their honor.

Whatever the case may be, doing these kinds of things is a great way to finish off the grieving process once and for all.

Lost a Loved One Recently? Make Sure You Cope With Loss in the Right Way

There is nothing particularly pleasant about the grieving process. It can be long and painful for many people.

But it’s a necessary part of life. If you’ve ever lost a loved one, you know and understand this.

Make sure you put the grieving process to good use the next time you suffer the loss of a loved one. It can work wonders for those who are mourning the loss of someone special to them.

Read our blog to get more great advice on dealing with death and planning a funeral.

About RJ Frometa

Head Honcho, Editor in Chief and writer here on VENTS. I don't like walking on the beach, but I love playing the guitar and geeking out about music. I am also a movie maniac and 6 hours sleeper.

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