Sometimes, death of a closed one comes very unexpectedly, without any warning. People around them or family members of the deceased may find such sudden death very hard to accept, and may turn to unhealthy coping mechanisms to deal with the loss. Death of a loved one can be very painful, leading to a lot of sorrow and even depression. If you have experienced the sudden death of someone close to you, read on to find out how you can cope with the loss.
Seek Help from Others
The last thing you should do is to go through this painful period all by yourself. No matter who it is, whether it is a professional counsellor or your family and friends, seek their help and support if you are not coping well on your own. If any thoughts of harming yourself have crossed your mind, it is important to seek the company of someone close to you until your emotions are more stable.
Accept the Grief
The grief from sudden death does not go away overnight. Sometimes, people turn to unhealthy coping mechanisms like avoiding the pain. Avoidance will only prolong the pain and confusion. Eventually, you will still need to face up to your emotions so it is best if you accept the grief and learn how to cope and work through it.
There May be Delayed Reactions
Apart from grief, people may experience other emotions because of the sudden and unexpected death. This includes shock, confusion and anger. These emotions may over shadow the sadness in the initial stages. If you are still in a state of shock, once the shock wears off you may start to feel pangs of sorrow and anguish.
Practical Matters Still Need to be Handled
Although sudden death may catch people by surprise, the harsh truth is that the world does not stop turning. There are still many matters to take care of after the death of someone close to you, such as what happens next. In this time of pain and confusion, it is best to write out a list of tasks that you need to complete. There are many things to do and the list could overwhelm those who are grieving, so be sure to seek help from friends and family in completing these tasks.
Remember to Take Care of Yourself
Even if it might be hard, you must remember to take care of yourself. Remember to bathe, to eat, and to sleep. Wash your clothes, tidy your hair, take care of yourself. If you need to take a few days off, do it. Engage in self-care practices like meditation, yoga or exercise. This way, you are able to take care of your mental and physical health, which gives you better energy to cope and take care of those around you as well.
Dealing with Sudden Death
Here at American Heritage Cemetery Funeral Home Crematory, we know that sudden loss is hard to deal with, and can really affect one’s mental health. If you are struggling to get over the loss of someone close to you, visit our website to find grief support guides and grief support resources that may help you. In this tough time, we are here to journey with you. If you need some help planning a service for your loved one, feel free to contact us today.