Self Care During Grief & Bereavement

Rest

Grief is emotionally exhausting. You may need extra rest - afternoon naps - and relaxing activities.

Nourishment

Some people eat more when they are upset, some people eat less. Just make sure you are eating enough. Grief is hard work.

Self Care

Balance time alone or with others. Surround yourself with things that help you feel peaceful. Spend time doing things that feel good, or are comforting - hot baths, listening to music.

Caring

Allow yourself to be close to those you trust even if you feel awkward.

Routine

Do things at your own pace.

Process

Give yourself permission to let grief come and go. You take in the pain and meaning of death a little at a time.

Assistance

Talk to your family doctor if you are concerned about how you are feeling.

Hope

Find comfort with those who have experienced loss. Remember that people recover from the loss of a loved one. One day your grief will be less raw and painful.

Activity

Do what feels comfortable and connects you to the people and things you love. Try to exercise, take walks, visit family or friends, or get involved in a cause that means something to you.

Goals

If life has lost its meaning give yourself something to look forward to. This may help you to reengage more fully with your life.

Personal Finances

Make sure that you are paying your bills. If you are unable to do this, ask for help.

Pleasures

Enjoy small pleasures. The more we experience pleasure and comfort, the more we are able to regain our pleasure in life itself

Facing the death of a loved one takes time. Give yourself the time that you need. 

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