Healing Strategies To Cope With Bereavement

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Moving Forward

It is without a doubt that one of the most stressful events in the life of an individual is to lose a loved one from a sudden or mysterious death. To the observer, the pain and loneliness are there but can be dealt with easily, especially if it was ‘a good way to go.’  But to the bereaved, it is more than just the pain. It is the thought of not having to see or touch your loved one forever. Feelings of shock, anger, seclusion, sadness, and confusion get all mixed up from within. There is hopelessness that the wounds can never be healed.

As time goes by, the pain and the sadness lessen, usually after you have gone through the denial, anger, and depression stages of grief. Amidst the mourning, you are now able to open your mind to help yourself with some essential healing measures to cope with bereavement.

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How Parents Can Cope With The Loss Of Their Son

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The death of someone, though it is a natural phenomenon, is something that you and I will never get used to experiencing. When my parents lost their first-born son, my oldest brother, it was as though everything went blank and the world stopped revolving. The pain was too much to bear, and looking at my parents made the hurt worse. As a family, we had to seek help from a minister and a therapist to guide us through the grief process. Now, I would say we have managed to live life with a purpose, although it wasn’t easy at all.

We still think of him, miss him and wish he were around. However, things have settled and the family has accepted the inevitable fact. Here are some of the things that my parents did to cope with the loss of their son. Continue reading “How Parents Can Cope With The Loss Of Their Son” »

Treasuring The Objects

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The passing of a loved one is a sensitive subject that this article will not touch on but rather on what to do with the possessions afterward. Do you keep everything in a box and hide it in the closet? Is your box made from cardboard or of glass material? If it’s in a glass where everyone can see, it may look creepy. Well, that depends on the item and the sentimental value that it has to you. Here’s an interesting article that would be great for future discussions.

 

What’s To Treasure

Unquestionable

*Anything with a story

This is slightly different from gifts with sentimental value because this is a story that you want to share which opens a world of possibilities. Perhaps you can place this item on a glass pedestal somewhere or in a frame where all can see it. If this sounds interesting, do read on.

*Sentimental Value

Not everything has a story that we are willing to share outside of family or with a therapist. Items with sentimental value are better placed somewhere with the least amount of people can see, such as the bedroom, or the family room.

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The Stages Of Grief And Loss

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It has been a year since your father passed away. Still, the anguish and loneliness creep in and you continue to grieve by hibernating in the corners of your room, playing busy with work, or simply crying yourself to sleep most nights. You might think, “Will I ever get over my Dad’s death? Will I ever be happy again?”

Losing someone we love is one of the most difficult things that we can ever experience. Though death is a natural phenomenon, that fact is easier understood than accepted. It can never be dealt with just like that. But as the saying goes, this too shall pass, and it will. But then, sometimes you wonder if the pain is ever going to end. How long is the normal way to grieve? Can you do something about it?

The process of grieving is something that we cannot control. Not everyone grieves the same way you do. They may have different channels to their grief. Nevertheless, healing from the pain of losing someone comprises different stages. You will do well if you are aware of these stages. In that way, you can come to terms with your emotions and finally be ready to let go of the pain. Continue reading “The Stages Of Grief And Loss” »

Dealing With Depression After The Loss Of A Loved One

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Depression vs. Grief

Of all the painful experiences that we go through in life, one of the most devastating is the death of a loved one. We may deal with the loss in different ways, but the emotions are the same – sadness, anger, anxiety, hopelessness. It is just too heartbreaking. Sometimes, the grieving process lengthens and becomes long term. Therefore, the individual suffers complicated grief. When this grief is so intense that it affects his day-to-day activities, he has possibly gone into a depressive state, which causes more negative emotions and behaviors, like loss of will, alcohol addiction, which cause compounding problems as they have to deal with more issues and seek help with addiction, depression, among others.

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Coping with The Loss of My Better Half

Losing my husband is probably the most nerve-wrecking, most heartbreaking, most energy-draining, and most soulful experience I ever had. It was toughest of the toughest challenges that I didn’t believe I will be able to surpass. I thought that it was also the end for me. I thought I would never live my life again after my husband has passed. But because of my husband, himself, I was able to put back my broken pieces of heart, soul and mind into one again. Let me tell you how I managed to cope with my husband’s passing.

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Remembering Your Loved Ones

After someone has passed away, the people who left behind will be tasked to carry what they used to do while they were still alive. This may not be a particularly easy job, especially when the individual is a member of the family and/or that person was a close friend. Therefore, whether we like it or not, things must be done properly. Regardless of your religion, grieving after someone’s loss is somehow a healthy one and is completely necessary. However, some people suffer more than others and seem to be able to cope with what has happened. If you are suffering from depression or you simply can’t cope, contact a professional counselor through free online counseling and they will be able to help you back on the road to recovery.

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Memorialize your Mother

Memorialize your Mother

When your mother dies, there is nothing like it. There you are, going along in your life as normal when suddenly all these uncomfortable feelings show up. You feel sadness, anger, betrayal, fear, guilt, hurt, loss, you are overwhelmed, and even panic. Where did all this come from? They are all part of your feelings of grief. I feel for you in your grief but you can handle it. You will survive. However, if you are struggling to cope with loss and depression, seek advice from free online counseling.

Even if your mother was very old, you still tend to feel a lot of negative emotions when she dies and often you don’t know what to do about them. Most people allow themselves to cry for a few days around their friends and family and then only cry alone. They think of their loss and cry. This can continue for weeks, months, even years. Some people can’t stop crying because something will trigger their memories of their mother and make them cry again. But we must have to remember that everyone goes there. No one will stay forever. But rest assured they always be remembered.

There is something you can do about it. You can tap away the excess feelings of grief, one day at a time. Even the first day when you hear of the death you can tap to keep yourself from feeling overwhelmed by your negative emotions. Tapping any of your acupressure points helps your body produce serotonin to calm you down. And this manner, it would help you to feel better in a moment. For more assistance in helping you move on after the death of a loved one, contact an expert for free online counseling.click here for further details.

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How to Remember with Pride

How to Remember with Pride

Before you are unable to cope and require online counseling, one way to keep up the momentum is to look back with pride at what you have achieved so far. Next time you find the dream destroyers nipping at your heels, try these three motivation boosters.

Booster #1 – Compare the old you to the new you. Even if you have only moved a short way down the road to your goal, it is important to appreciate what you have so far achieved. You might not be fully fit, but how many times have you been to the gym since you began? How much easier are the stairs now? How far can you run? How many fewer cigarettes do you smoke a day if you are cutting down or how much less are you craving a cigarette if you have given up completely.If you are struggling to come to terms with the way you look or any other vices, you may be better to seek help from free online counseling to get you back on track and healthy once more. Click here for more details.

Take careful stock of what you have done so far and try to quantify it in numbers. Write down every improvement you can think of in your progress journal. Continue reading “How to Remember with Pride” »

Fighting Depression Naturally

Depression is a mental health condition that is very rampant nowadays. Everyone who is suffering from depression is advised to seek medical consultation. The usual treatment for depression is through a variety of therapies together with the right prescriptions. These medicines are usually prescribed to treat the negative symptoms of depression, however, these medicines have side effects as well.

Below are some helpful natural ways to battle off depression.

Happy Food

There are actually foods high in serotonin, or the brain chemical responsible for making you happy:

• Walnuts
• Kiwi
• Bananas
• sour cherries
• pineapple
• tomatoes
• plums

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Foods that are high in tryptophan allow your body to convert them into serotonin which as you know is a mood booster:

• turkey
• fish
• chicken
• cottage
• cheese
• nuts
• cheese
• eggs
• beans

High carbohydrate foods also help tryptophan to flood in your brain to increase serotonin. Whole wheat grains are a good option for a high carb diet.
A diet rich in omega 3 fatty acid help fight off depression as well:

• salmon
• mackerel
• flaxseeds
• walnuts
• soybeans
• kidney beans
• black beans

Take your vitamins

There was a study conducted that shows regular intake of 600 mg of chromium picolinate a day can boost your mood and decrease other symptoms associated with depression.

400 mcg of folate as well may help in your depression

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Smile

Every morning try to look in the mirror and force yourself to smile, it can actually lift your mood.

Try to sleep in a different bedroom

Most people with depression are also insomniac. A study says that changing your sleep location can actually help you sleep better. Try also to wake up at the same time every day and don’t take a nap during day time. Try to do some relaxing techniques before you go to bed such as drinking chamomile tea and doing some breathing exercises.

Make a different routine
Sometimes continuing your regular daily routine can get pretty boring. Why not try a different route on your way home, or just go on an unplanned weekend travel. Try a new restaurant that you have never been to. Change your regular styling in clothing. Just do something that you do not regularly do, it will lift up your mood. Try it!

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Get out

Natural sunlight has been proven to boost your mood. That is why during winter, most people feel more depressed than usual. Take a 10-minute walk outside or in the park every day. Do this as often as you like.

Exercise

Countless studies have proven that regular exercise really has tremendous health benefits. One of these is that it naturally increases the levels of serotonin in your brain. Serotonin which is the so called “feel good hormone”. Regular exercise can keep the level of serotonin at a good level to fight off depression. Find an exercise regimen that you will enjoy and will work for you. Maybe you can enroll at the new gym in your place, try yoga, hiking, biking, running, dance class etc. Let the natural sunlight of nature and exercise help you.

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