Coping with Grief

Image of two people holding hands to convey comfort and grief.

Losing someone you love and the subsequent grief is difficult and can affect your everyday life. But you’re not alone, and there are ways to cope.

Everyone reacts differently to feelings of loss, but research shows that people can recover over time with the help of healthy habits and social support.

What are some concrete ways to deal with grief?

Talk about the person you’ve lost. Bottling up your sadness or trying to forget what has happened won’t help and can lead to feeling isolated. Speak to a trusted friend or family member to help process your feelings and remember the person you’ve lost.

Take care of yourself physically. When you’re feeling depressed, it’s easy to let self-care fall by the wayside. But eating well, exercising, and getting enough sleep can help your mental health too.

There is no set time period to grieve – each person is different.

Join a support group. It can help to spend time with people going through the same thing as you. And you’ll learn ways to cope from others.

Illustration of a grieving boy among plants.

Start seeing a therapist or psychologist. A trained professional can not only listen but also provide support and concrete strategies to help you. Therapy can help build resilience as you deal with grief.

Remember that things will get better. Grief is a hard part of life, but you will be able to get through it. If your grief does not get better over time, and you experience extreme weight loss, fatigue, or suicidal thoughts, your grief may be turning into depression. Reach out to a therapist or psychiatrist for help.

Content by Lockton Dunning Benefits with info from https://www.apa.org/topics/grief