The finality of death will never cease to be one of the most painful experiences for those who have lost a loved one. But does losing a loved one get easier? There are certain stages of grief that you will first need to work through to help digest the loss of someone who was important to you.

What is grief?

Grief is the natural reaction to losing something, which can be a strong and sometimes overwhelming emotion.

The grieving process

What are the seven stages of grief after a death? All of these stages don’t necessarily appear, and often not in this specific order, while some stages could even reoccur.

> Shock

> Denial

> Bargaining

> Guilt

> Anger

> Depression

> Acceptance

It is called a grieving process for a reason, as every stage takes time to work through and come to terms with.

5 ways to cope when losing a loved one

Initial rituals

Hold a memorial or burial to honour your loved one’s memory that resonates with what they would have wanted. If your loved one had a favourite colour, song, or flowers, incorporate it in their funeral or memorial service. While it is a service to bid farewell to your loved one, the process is also one that provides comfort to family and friends.

Take your time to work through the emotions

There is no time frame attached to grief and finding closure in mourning the death of a loved one. Don’t set unrealistic expectations and allow yourself all the time you might need to work through the grieving process.

Celebrate their life

In celebrating your loved one’s life and remembering what the relationship meant to you, you will find comfort in carrying their influence with you as time progresses.

Don’t stop talking about them

Just because your loved one is no longer alive doesn’t mean that you have to stop talking about them. Acknowledge the difference they made in your life and continue to honour that legacy by sharing fond memories and even incorporating some of their favourite belongings into your life to keep their memory alive.

Try to get back into a routine

It is important to regain normality in your life once you feel ready. If you have been skipping meals or if you have been postponing tasks, try to re-establish your routine, as this will help in returning to life as you knew it before your loved one passed away.

Try to get back into a routine

It is important to regain normality in your life once you feel ready. If you have been skipping meals or if you have been postponing tasks, try to re-establish your routine, as this will help in returning to life as you knew it before your loved one passed away.

Total Risk Administrators understands the pain of losing a loved one and we’re here to help make the administrative side as painless as possible. If you would like to discuss our funeral cover policy to get your loved ones covered, contact us today.

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