At some point in life, everyone loses someone they feel especially close to and then enters into the process of grieving. The loved one can be a parent, child, spouse, close friend, or even a much loved pet.

The grieving process is real, and it can be very painful. We may try to fool ourselves to avoid the pain associated with grieving. However, it is much healthier to accept the feelings of pain/loss and to work through the process in a very deliberate way.

The following are steps that may help you:

  1. Acknowledge that your loss is real.
  2. Allow yourself to feel the pain.
  3. Adjust to living without your loved one.
  4. Find a safe place in your heart for your loved one, and allow yourself to move on.
  5. Give yourself time to adjust to the new normal in your life.

If you still feel you are having a very difficult time adjusting to your loss, please seek the help of your clergy, trusted friend, or a professional. Additionally, you may contact us for help or any other questions you may have. 

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