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How to recover from grief, loss


Death is only one of many types of potential grieving experiences, according to the Grief Recovery Institute in Los Angeles. Divorce is another, so is a loss of status at work, divorce, being sued, infidelity, illness, a missing pet, lost friendship, beauty or physical strength. The list goes on and on. According to the Institute, time doesn't heal grief, and keeping busy just delays the healing process. Eventually, a person has to face the pain and then move on. Here are some steps you can take: 1. Do your grief work. Let yourself experience the classic stages: Anger, denial, bargaining, depression, and finally, acceptance. Most people can't deal with grief by themselves. They need someone to help guide them through it. A grief-recovery program or a 12-step program can help. 2. Take care of your unfinished business. It's the sense that something remains to be said or done between you and the person or thing you have lost. Make an effort to bid farewell to all the good experiences, all the related plans you had. Write a letter telling about all the good things you miss. Then burn it. 3. Do things for others. It will make you feel better, especially if you can do good things without anyone knowing. Do many nice things. 4. Guard your health. Attend to your diet and sleep habits. Exercise. A healthy body will help heal your emotional pain. 5. Read about grief recovery. Many good books are available, including The Grief Recovery Handbook: A Step-by-Step Program for Moving Beyond Loss by John James and Frank Cherry

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