GOOD GRIEF: Finding happiness while mourning a loved one

GOOD GRIEF: Finding happiness when mourning the loss of a loved oneFinding happiness after the death of a loved one can be one of the most difficult challenges that one can face in life. In terms of events that can negatively impact one’s life, there are few that can surpass the pain of losing a loved one. If you’re finding it difficult to get over your feelings of loss this is, of course, normal. There are many ways to process your loss from online guided meditation to psychiatric help.

While it will take time to recover from the loss of a loved one, that doesn’t mean that you must simply sit in the corner of your home alone and suffer. This is not the time to show the world, your relatives, friends and the world at large how “tough” you are. Instead, you need to be around other people and seek out resources that can help you cope and process the tremendous loss that you’ve experienced. Remember, no sensible person expects you to simply go about life normally after losing a loved one.

Dealing with the mental and emotional blow of losing a loved one is at the top of the list of steps that you need to take in order to heal. Talking to other people about how you feel and seeking out knowledgeable advice is an absolute must. There are plenty of people out there who do, in fact, understand aspects of what you are dealing with where your loss is concerned. After all, most people have experienced the loss of a loved one and consequently know how deep this pain can be. If you think that you’re alone, think again. When you reach out you’ll discover that people do understand your pain and will help. If need be, you can also consider getting psychiatric help.

Help can come from people in many forms. Simply watching inspirational videos online or reading short inspirational stories can be an easy way to help you begin to heal and process your loss. Anything that can boost your mood (even just a little bit) is essential.

Meditation has been proven to have many benefits as it can calm the mind and help you reduce the high stress hormone levels that accompany a traumatic event. There are many different ways you can find help online and luckily there are excellent online guided meditation options as well. If you have never tried meditating, now is the optimal time to start.

Talking to others about how you feel is a great step in the right direction; however, working to find moments away from your pain is also essential. This is where using the best online guided meditation you can find can come into play and serve you tremendously. If you only remember one thing from this article, it should be this; if you’ve lost a loved one, talk to others about it. Don’t be brave. If you don’t discuss your pain, you may never heal and your loved one would not want that.

Feel free to share your thoughts and experiences in the comments below. Please don’t isolate yourself. When you take the step to reach out for love and support from other human beings, you will find it!

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Posted by × September 22, 2012 at 3:46 AM


  1. Thanks for your comments. My wonderful husband Mark died very suddenly just 20 months aged 51. I had support from friends. But that starts to wane from most as the months go by, but yet I was still in a pit of grief. I am a strong person, and have taken up volunteering as a way to fill the weekends when we would have enjoyed our time together. I miss him terribly of course I do. we’d only been married for ten years and were still making plans for our lives together.
    Now I beginning to feel that it is okay to be happy. it’s allowed. Some days I don’t feel all that happy, and I know that’s okay too. But the realisation about the happiness thing has been a great weight lifting from me. I know Mark would have hated me being depressed and crying, but it took a lot of guts from me to realise its okay to laugh.

  2. My happiness in a furry form died a couple of weeks ago and I feel so lost, so sad – I don’t have a spouse or kids, I have other dogs but not like my Sarah, she was my “dog-wife”, my “furry-soul mate”. I can’t stop crying. The joy in my life has once again (lost my Mom at age 9) been ripped from me. It’s hard finding reasons to want to go on living I’m so hurt by her loss.

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