We’re welcoming brighter days while continuing to promote health and safety.
The past several years have been especially tough for people everywhere. The loss of life caused by the ongoing coronavirus pandemic is unprecedented in modern times. Whether you lost a loved one to COVID-19 or something else, finding healthy ways to cope may be a challenge.
Grief can take a physical and emotional toll. Depending on the closeness of the person you lost, it can be life-changing. But there are steps you can take, including virtual ones, that can help you navigate these difficult days.
The Work of Grieving
First, it’s important to be kind to yourself. Recognize that everyone grieves differently, and no one way is better than another. Previously believed theories about working through stages of grief have been shown to be unsupported and often ineffective.
Comparing your grieving process with how you perceive others to be coping, is never a good idea. What you see as faster progress in another family member might simply be a brave face they put on for others. Here are some strategies that might be useful in finding your way to a place of peace:
Connect with a Support Group
Another option to consider when you are grieving is to connect with a support group. There are a variety of them from which to choose. Some are designed for parents who’ve lost a child, and others for bereaved spouses, and for those who lost someone in a traumatic accident. Even if your loved one wasn’t a hospice patient, loved ones can still participate in bereavement programs at a local hospice. Some even offer virtual support group meetings for those trying to avoid public gatherings indoors. Then there are organizations, such as The Compassionate Friends, that offer counseling online and through local chapters all across the country.
Consider a Short-Term Stay at a Senior Living Community
If the upcoming holidays are likely to find you celebrating alone for the first time since your loved one’s passing, a short-term stay at a senior living community might be an idea to consider. You’ll enjoy the same services and amenities as long-term residents do, and that includes a rich variety of holiday events and programs. From caroling groups to festive decorating, the holiday season is active and enjoyable at Sunrise Senior Living communities. Call us at (888) 434-4648 to learn more today!