Losing a loved one

When people die, it’s never easy to accept their absence. Speaking from my own experience of losing a loved one, I recently buried a friend of mine. I’ve also lost my parents and many other loved ones. Through all of this no death hit me harder than losing my boyfriend. It felt devastating. To this day I haven’t fully healed but I’ve learn’t to cope much better than before.

If you’ve lost someone very dear and you don’t know how to deal with it, here are a few tips that I learned when going through my own loss:

•If you want to cry, do. A lot of us keep our emotions bottled in which is not healthy for your mind or your body.
•Do something that you love or enjoy to keep you from dwelling on the death and remind you why life can be beautiful still.
•Keep friends and family around you for emotional support.
•If you need help coping, seek professional help.
•Don’t shy away from the situation, learn to accept and cherish the memories left with you. This can be difficult at first, but trust me, it is worth it in the long run.

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