Healing After The Death of a Loved One | Spiritual Meaning Behind Unexpected Deaths

Healing after the death of a loved one

How To Deal With The Death Of A Loved One

There is nothing in existence that can prepare you for the great pain and grief you experience in such a situation. But experiencing the death of a loved one that had been sickly for a while is different from the overwhelming shock and devastation that comes as a result of losing a loved one unexpectedly.

Unexpected Deaths and Emotional Healing

Sadly, unexpected deaths are not uncommon. People die unexpectedly because of an act of violence, vehicle accidents, undiagnosed conditions, and other kinds of incidents. It can be hard to process what happened, but there are healthy ways to deal with the overwhelming grief caused by your loved one’s untimely death.

How To Process Grief And Start Your Emotional Healing Journey

Healing after the death of a loved oneEveryone is going to die one day but how a person feels and thinks after someone dies is determined by their relationship with the deceased and the circumstances behind the death. The death of a loved one is painful regardless of the situation that leads to the death.

But not being able to prepare for the death of a loved one or even say goodbye can be devastating for the family, spouse, children, and close friends of the deceased. There is no one way to grieve but there are methods you can use to cope with loss.

You can heal by forgiving and being compassionate with yourself. Any guilt that lingers in your mind could make it harder to get over your loss. You should always seek support from people you trust with your deepest feelings and thoughts. As time goes by you will begin to notice that the sting of the loss is losing its edge.

You Can Heal From The Loss Of A Loved One

The grieving process is different for everyone. Some people grieve only for a few days while others take weeks to heal.  You can begin the process of healing if you lost a loved one due to a condition, an act of violence, or an accident.  The process of emotional healing begins with the following steps:

  • Seek support: Understandably, you are going through feelings of anger, shame, sadness, depression, and other grieving emotions. You need to overcome the urge to lock yourself in a dark room and never get out. Taking time alone can help you gather and process your thoughts, but you also need to reach out to people you trust and feel safe around.
  • Don’t neglect your needs: A grief-stricken person can sometimes start neglecting their mental, physical, emotional, and spiritual needs. As you grieve, don’t forget to look after the needs of your body and mind. You need to eat a balanced diet, drink water, take a shower, and look after other needs. You can do yoga, walk, or look to your religious faith for answers.
  • Take time to process: You process your grief by allowing yourself to feel the pain, guilt, anger, validation, and other emotions.  Express your emotions by letting yourself cry, be numb, and even be happy when that emotion surfaces.
  • See a professional: See a grief counselor to help you process your emotions.