Walking With Grief
May 9, 2023 Paula Gurnett, C.C.C.
Grief is a natural human response to loss. It can manifest in various ways and affect people differently. The grieving process can be a long and difficult journey, but it is essential to acknowledge it and be intentional in walking towards healing. Here are some steps you can take to as you walk with grief:
Allow yourself to feel your emotions: Grief is a complex mix of emotions, including sadness, anger, guilt, and despair. It's essential to acknowledge and accept these feelings and allow yourself to express them in healthy ways. Suppressing your emotions can lead to prolonged emotional distress.
Seek support from loved ones: Talking to someone who understands what you're going through can be comforting. Surround yourself with people who offer support, love, and understanding. This can be family, friends, or a support group.
Take care of yourself: Grief can take a toll on your physical and mental health. Make sure to take care of yourself by getting enough sleep, eating healthy, and exercising regularly. It's also essential to practice self-care activities that bring you comfort and enjoyment, such as reading, taking a bath, or spending time in nature.
Don't rush the grieving process: Grieving takes time, and there's no set timeline for it. Allow yourself to grieve at your own pace and don't feel pressured to "move on". As you walk with grief, your experience within it will evolve and change - be patient and give yourself permission to be where you are, as you are.
Seek professional help if needed: If you're struggling with intense emotions, depression, or anxiety, seek help from a mental health professional. They can offer you the support and guidance you need to manage your emotions and to walk with grief in an intentional way.
Remember that grief is a unique experience for everyone, and there's no right or wrong way to grieve. Be kind to yourself and take the time you need to heal.