Death is an unfortunate yet unavoidable part of life. Each day, an estimated 151,600 people pass away.
If you recently experienced the death of a loved one, you’re undoubtedly going through a tough time right now. But your loved one wouldn’t want you to feel blue.
At the same time, we recognize that staying positive following the passing of a loved one can seem almost impossible. To help, we’ve compiled five things you can do to keep a positive outlook on your life after saying goodbye.
Keep reading to learn more.
1. Do Your Best to Stay Social
During the grief process, you might not feel like leaving your home or speaking to anyone. That’s understandable.
But shutting yourself away from the world means closing yourself off to all sorts of new and wonderful people and experiences. Sometimes, the best way to improve your mood is by forcing yourself to be social — even if you don’t feel like it.
Consider getting out each day, even if it’s only to run a quick errand or grab a coffee at your favorite cafe. Over time, you’ll feel more comfortable away from home.
2. Process Your Feelings as They Come
To say that processing grief takes a tremendous amount of emotional energy is an understatement. You might not even want to feel anything at all.
While that’s understandable, it isn’t healthy or realistic. Science shows that emotions are how we adapt to the situations and connect with those around us.
Allow yourself to feel…even when you don’t want to. By working through those feelings, you’ll be well on your way to an emotionally healthy recovery.
3. Focus on What Makes You Happy
While you should certainly process your emotions, there’s nothing wrong with keeping yourself busy until then. There’s a major difference between feeling blue and rumination.
To keep your mind off of dealing with death, spend time indulging in your hobbies. Whenever possible, involve friends.
Surrounding yourself with a positive support system can make the process far easier than dealing with it alone.
4. Keep Their Memory Alive
Your loved one may be gone in a physical sense, but they’re still quite alive in your heart. And that’s how it should be. It’s why so many families love visiting monuments to their loved ones.
Just as it’s okay to feel, remember that it’s okay to think about your loved one.
5. Speak with a Counselor
Even if you have a healthy grasp on your emotions, speaking to a counselor is always a wise choice after a major passing. The right counselor can help you identify and process your feelings while providing helpful resources so you can heal.
Plus, at the very least, it’s a great way to vent about your feelings.
Staying Positive After the Death of a Loved One
Staying positive after the death of a loved one might seem impossible. But by following these tips, you’ll honor your loved one’s memory and continue to live a happy life.
It takes time. And to an extent, the grief process never ends. But that doesn’t mean you can’t be happy.
If you’re interested in learning about funeral services or have questions about purchasing a monument to your loved one, get in touch with our team today. We’d be happy to answer any questions you may have in this troubling time.