Losing a loved one is a traumatic experience that can cause physical and
emotional pain. When you are grieving, it is important to take care of
yourself and reach out for help when you need it. For many people,
funeral services mark the start of the healing process. If you are coping with loss, here
are some tips for managing your grief.
Do Not Ignore Your Feelings
When you lose someone you love, ignoring your pain or trying to avoid difficult
feelings will not stop you from experiencing the
grieving process. Bottling up your feelings simply postpones your pain, so face your feelings
as they come. Likewise, don’t pressure yourself to feel a certain
way. People deal with grief in different ways, so give yourself permission
to grieve in the way that feels right for you.
Avoid Having a Time Table
Grief does not have an expiration date, and there is no set amount of time
anyone is supposed to go through the grieving process. For many people,
grieving never completely ends. After the initial sadness eases, you may
still experience feelings of grief many years in the future, especially
when you are triggered by a memory or when a special family occasion comes
around. Don’t put pressure on yourself to move on and leave your
feelings behind after a set amount of time.
Get Help When You Need It
Grief support can be extremely helpful as you learn to cope with the feelings
you are having. People can seek support for grief any time after a loss,
from immediately after a death to many years in the future. If you find
that your grief is intense long after a loved one has passed, talk to
your doctor. You may be experiencing depression alongside your grief,
and you may benefit from medical care.
Leak & Sons Funeral Homes can help you find grief support in Chicago,
IL as you face a loss. Let us help with everything from
planning funeral services to locating resources when you need support. For more information about
our funeral home, please call (773) 846-6567.