Dealing with the Loss of a Close Friend or Loved One
Throughout this series, we’ve discussed various aspects of loss, from a basic understanding of elderly loss, to how you can help your aging loved one cope with loss.
As we age, the loss of a partner or trusted friend can be devastating, especially as our close circle of friends becomes smaller. In turn, our outlook on life can change drastically, possibly even leading to elderly depression.
But there are many ways to help you cope with the loss of a loved one. Not only is coping an important part of maintaining your well being, it also helps you retain fond memories of your partner or friend’s passing, rather than a bitter reminder of their end.
To help you as a caregiver, here are just a few ways you (or your aging parent) can cope with the loss of a close friend or loved one:
Grieving is perfectly okay.
You should never feel ashamed to grieve the passing of someone who has been dear in your life as grieving can be an important accepting your loss. Doing so may help to relieve any built up tension that can drastically affect your health.
Honor their passing.
Do not be afraid to tell stories about the fond memories you’ve gained over the years from time spent with them. This may help to relieve the tension of this difficult stage in your life by allowing you to see past their unfortunate passing.
It is also important to stay connected with the friends and family that you still have around. More often than not, these people have been affected by the passing as well “whether from seeing the pain you have, or from knowing the person who has passed. Mutual support can help you get over this difficult time as well as show that you still have many loved ones surrounding you.
Get out of the house.
Keeping yourself occupied is another important step for dealing with loss. For some that means simply going out with friends and family, while others may wish to help the less fortunate through volunteering or community service.
While it may be difficult to cope with the loss of a person that has been so dear in your life, coping is an important part of ensuring that your own well being is taken into consideration, as well as preserving memories youâ€™ve made over the years with those who have passed.
As always, if you or your loved one have any questions or concerns about the information we’ve outlined in our series, please do not hesitate to call. We’re always here to help.
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