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How to Find Support for Grief and Loss

Despite the pain you’re living through, it’s important to find support for grief and loss.

Since the pandemic in 2020, many of us are too familiar with troubled times and sorrow. We lost loved ones during the COVID-19 pandemic. Natural disasters have left many homeless or displaced. Some have lost a sense of financial stability due to rising costs of living. And the list continues.

Grief is a part of life. We are all going to lose someone we love during our lifetime. Grieving is a unique experience – no one processes it the same way. It includes many emotions and each day has its own set of challenges. Know that grief is difficult and natural at the same time.

While grieving in my life, I have found the following tips to be helpful. I hope they will be the same for you at this challenging time in your life.

Prayer is powerful

If you don’t have the strength to pray while you’re grieving, the prayers of others can be more powerful than you realize.

When my family and I were grieving, I remember feeling a strength I’ve never felt before. And I knew it was because so many people were praying for us. From our church family to friends and neighbors, all of the prayers were great support for our grief.

While grieving, consider praying more and attending church. Share your pain with God in prayer. Tell him how you are feeling and that you need his support each day. For Catholics, consider adding adoration to your prayer routine.

Give yourself patience and grace

Grief is not a fluid process. There are good days and bad days, and you don’t necessarily know how you will feel each day.

Remember, it’s okay to not be okay all of the time. Give yourself patience and grace when you don’t handle something well or when you can’t make it through a task list. Grief can feel overwhelming and weigh you down. Don’t be afraid to take it day by day – one step at a time.

Seek help and support

When grieving, you’re not always sure what kind of support you need each day. But when you do know, don’t be afraid to reach out and ask for help. Support comes in different forms, such as a hug, a home-cooked meal or a stop by the store to pick up medication.

Some days, you may not feel like talking to anyone. Others, you may want to surround yourself with friends. Consider going to therapy to work through your feelings in this period of transition, especially if you lost someone close to you, like a spouse or parent. You can also join a grief support group.

Practice self-care

Self-care is an ongoing practice. And it can be more important during grieving when days feel heavy.

Try your best to take care of your mind, body and soul. Exercise, take a break from work and try to get plenty of rest.

Know that some of your self-care may change or feel different after a loss. This is part of the grieving process. Consider trying something new or doing something differently, but don’t push yourself. Go at a pace that feels comfortable for you.

Grieving can be very difficult. But with time and work, it is possible to heal. Finding the right support and asking for help can be critical when mourning. May you find peace and support during this hard time.

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