How to Cope with Loss [3 TIPS]

Dad and I at my Master's Program Commencement Ceremony (May 2013)

Dad and I at my Master's Program Commencement Ceremony (May 2013)

September 1st, 2016 marks three months after my dad's passing due to terminal Liver Cancer. It has taken me a while to get back to a place of normalcy; I still, from time to time, get emotional about how it all went down but I have to remember that everything happens for a reason. The most important thing was that he lived, he saw and he conquered. 

For anyone going through a similar situation, I recently talked about 7 Tips on How to Cope with Grief and Loss on my YouTube channel which you can watch HERE. If you're looking for additional ideas on dealing with a recent/sudden loss, look no further because I got you.

Pray/Meditate

Prayer and meditation have been shown to encourage peacefulness, remove clutter from the mind as well as eliminate or lessen stress levels. I find myself praying right before bed; it helps me to vent and I always feel like both my dad and the Creator are listening openly and free of judgement. I also have days where I just want to lay on the bed in complete silence and darkness while focusing on my breathing; I find that helps to keep me calm and in better spirits.

Take in New Scenery/Travel

Going to lands unknown to you can help take your mind off of things back home. I was in bad need of a getaway after my dad's passing so I decided to head to NOLA with Alain for some new adventures and I am so glad we did. We were definitely going for the Eat, Pray, Love vibes out there by eating great comfort foods, taking long strolls everywhere as well as visiting a couple of scenic plantations and enjoying each others company every step of the way.

Bereavement Groups

Being a part of a bereavement group can provide you with much needed support. Whether you have a support system at home or not, hearing from others who have lost loved ones and who understand what your going through can be an effective method for healing. 

Whatever method of healing you decide to go for just know that you are not alone. Reach out if you're in need and don't be afraid to vent, or pray or cry. You are entitled to that! Remember: there will be those who will be there to provide that much needed shoulder to lean on.

I hope all my tips have helped you. If you have some of your own suggestions to how to deal with loss, feel free to share in the comments!

Until Next Time,

Jasmine