Self-care can help you cope with death and loss
- Consider talking to a therapist if you’re feeling alone, isolated, or having trouble reconnecting or maintaining connections with others as you grieve.
- Exercising regularly, or even simply walking alone or with others can increase motivation and be beneficial as you grieve.1
- Consider eating well-balanced meals and avoiding high-fat or processed foods.1 You could also schedule a lunch outing with friends or family to socialize while sharing a meal.
- It’s okay to give yourself time and space to sort through your emotions and come to terms with losing someone you love. You can't always control grief, and it's perfectly normal to have a hard time as you cope.
Helping children cope: talking to kids about the death of a loved one
While talking to children, you may want to discuss the concept of your loved one continuing to live on in their hearts and minds, reassure them their feelings are okay and help them feel safe, stick to their routines as much as possible, and pay special attention to challenges as they adjust.2