How to Identify and Address Complicated Grief
What Types of Grief Exist?
What Are Causes of Complicated Grief?
What Are Symptoms of Complicated Grief?
How Does the Body Respond to Complicated Grief?
How to Address Complicated Grief
What Individuals Can Do to Deal with Prolonged Grief
- Express your feelings to your loved one. If they have already passed, write down everything you would want to say to them if they were still here.
- Acknowledge that you will mourn. It may be painful, but denying the mourning process will only delay your ability to move forward. Otherwise, you may feel emotionally stuck for a long time.
- Imagine life without your loved one. It’s important to envision and construct your future as something that’s still positive and fulfilling, even without the deceased.
- Reframe negative thoughts into positive. For example, instead of saying, “No one will love me like they did,” tell yourself, “Other people will love me in different ways.”
- Find ways to honor the loss. You can plant a tree in remembrance of the loved one, hang their pictures in your home, or do some of their favorite activities.
- View your experiences of mourning as your strength. When you see that you’re able to live life without the person you had, it can be self-empowering. It can also equip you with skills to deal with tough situations in the future.
- Remember the good times. It’s easy to fixate on the pain when you are grieving, but it’s important to give gratitude to the memories and life lessons you took away from your time with your loved one.