No matter what people may say or what you may say to yourself, death is not something to “get over”, but something to get through. Grief can be a monstrous being that consumes every second of every day, or a small demon that appears unexpectedly in daily or yearly intervals. The way grief can affect our lives is unpredictable.
For most, after experiencing loss, taking care of both yourself and the ones around you can become a tiresome task. It’s easy to lose yourself once you’ve lost someone close to you. Jumping back to a routine seems nearly impossible, visiting certain spots you loved can be heart wrenching. Things are different now, but that doesn’t mean you should sacrifice your well-being to make things as close to normal as possible.
The emotions one feels when dealing with loss are never wrong. You may feel sad, confused, angry, or even numb. There is no “right way” to deal with such a heavy topic. Healing takes time. Whether it be days, weeks, months, or even years. Your grief is unique to someone else’s, even if you’re in the same situation.
Below are a few resources that we have found to be beneficial to overcome the grieving process. You are also more than welcome to contact us for any additional help or resources.
Remember, in life you are not alone. Whether it be a family member, friend, neighbor, coworker, even a stranger, there is always someone out there who wants to see you get through this. We at Hardy’s want to see you through this.
Webhealing.com, the first interactive grief website on the internet, offers discussion boards, articles, book suggestions, and advice for men and women working through every aspect of grief. The site’s founder, Tom Golden LCSW, has provided book excerpts and contact information to help those healing from loss.
Willowgreen offers support and information for those dealing with life transition & aging, illness & caregiving, loss & grief, and hope & spirituality. The site offers advice, products, and inspirational materials.
The American Association of Retired Persons (AARP) website contains a Grief & Loss section with grief-related articles and information.
The National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization’s website provides a host of information and resources for people facing a life-limiting illness or injury and their caregivers.