Grief affects everyone differently. However, one common thread from which most grief stems is that thought of living without the person that you just lost. It may feel like there is no end to the suffering. When we provide support to each other by checking in on one another, and by understanding that individuals may be grieving, even without a death or loss of a loved one, we can heal and grow as a community.
With proper support and coping mechanisms, people can recover and heal form tragedies. Here are a few positive ways that you can use or you can help someone you know cope with grief:
This is a great way to relieve stress, reduce the symptoms of depression and improve self-esteem and mood. Endorphins are released during exercise, which create a natural feeling of euphoria. Children and adults alike can reap the benefits of exercise while coping with their loss. Taking a long walk, going to the gym and practicing yoga, are all good exercises that can help someone cope with their grief.
Another great way for children and adults to cope with the loss of a loved one is to write in a journal. Journaling allows someone to express their feelings and in doing so, allows them to reflect on their thoughts and emotions. Journaling can also reduce stress and provide a positive and private outlet to grieve. Lastly, journaling helps prevent people from bottling up their emotions.
It may be beneficial to join a support group. Some people find it helpful to share their experience with others who have gone through a similar loss. Support groups offer a non-judgmental place to express your thoughts and feelings about the loss. Sharing your grief with others can help the healing process.
Try getting creative. Expressive art therapy, such as painting, drawing and sculpting, can help someone cope with their grief. The art process helps relieve tension and stress and allows both children and adults to physically place their grief outside of themselves onto canvas, paper or other mediums.