Coping with Grief and Loss | Hospice Prince Edward

Ways to Heal After the Death of a Spouse

Recognize Grief: There is no "correct" way to grieve. Grieving is not something you should be expected to simply "get over." Rather, it is a process of learning how to live in a world without your loved one.

Take Care of Yourself: The stress of grieving can take its toll on your mind and body, so continuing to meet your emotional and physical needs is of the utmost importance. Don't neglect your health. Make sure you continue to eat right, exercise, and get enough sleep. You may want to try holistic options to treat your grief symptoms.

Talk to People: While some people prefer to grieve in private, some find talking to people helpful. No one should be expected to grieve alone. Accept assistance when it is offered to you. Be specific when expressing your needs to others. Most people want to help, but don't know how.

Join Grief Support: Research support groups that meet in your area such as in hospitals, religious groups, counselling centres, and hospice facilities. By talking to others who are grieving, you can find a healthy outlet for your feelings.

Keep Your Loved One's Favorite Belongings: Give yourself time, at least a year, before making any decisions regarding your loved one's things. Holding onto personal objects can help you keep cherished memories alive, and you may gain comfort from the sensory experience of the object.

Express Yourself Creatively: Take time to write in a journal, keep a blog, create a memory book.