Whether the death is sudden or was following an illness, losing a spouse can be extremely devastating. Between a wave of emotions, lifestyle changes, and practical considerations that accompany death, you may feel overwhelmed about what lies ahead. Losing your soulmate is often a topic we choose to avoid, but learning the steps to recover from the death of your spouse should not be ignored.
Go Easy on Yourself
Everyone experiences grief differently, and there is no “right” way to feel after losing your spouse. A number of factors contribute to your reaction, including how happy you were together, how your spouse died, how old your children are, and how dependent you both were in the relationship. Often times we feel numb or shocked when we first hear the news. It is normal to feel guilt and anger during this time while reflecting on these variables, but remember to go easy on yourself.
Take Care of Your Physical Health
Grieving can take a toll on your body, as well as your emotions. You may have trouble sleeping or lack of appetite, leaving your body feeling drained with no energy. Although it is easier said than done, try to take care of yourself by eating nutritional food, going on walks, and getting enough sleep.
Coping with the loss of your partner can feel like a lonely time, and it is not unusual to feel the symptoms of depression. It’s common to close yourself off; however, chances are you will feel better confiding in friends, family, your pastor, or a licensed counselor. Joining a support group with others who are grieving may also provide the comfort you desire. Consider talking to your doctor or seeking therapy if you experience:
- Feeling as if you have no purpose
- Difficulty performing everyday activities
- Continuous feelings of guilt or blaming yourself for the death
- Losing the desire to socialize
As hard as losing a spouse may be, it is possible to create a new and fulfilling life for yourself while still cherishing memories from the past. Take this time to honor the life they lived and feel blessed to have known their love.
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