The grief journey is a difficult one. But the good news is that you can use this experience to grow. Here are six ways to grow on your grief journey.
Recognize Your Own Strengths
This is likely not your first crisis or loss. Look back on other challenges you have faced and think about what strategies helped you then. Maybe it was having someone to talk to. Maybe it was your own resourcefulness. Your spirituality can also help you address your loss. It may be helpful to talk to those who share similar beliefs.
Focus on the Positive Bond
Even though your loved one is gone, it doesn’t mean they must be forgotten or replaced. They will never truly leave you. Instead, focus on your loved one’s legacy and the good memories you have. One way you can help keep their memory alive is by creating something like a photo album or memory box.
Change Negative Thought Patterns
It can be tempting to focus on negative things such as the tragedy of the loss of your loved one. However, it is possible to reframe the language surrounding your loss. Recognize when your negative thoughts are starting to take over and change your language. Focus on positive language such as the courage you are showing while you meet the challenges of loss.
Check in With Yourself
Take a purposeful look at your journey from time to time. Think about how you have changed. Ask yourself what new skills you have gained or what new insights you have developed. You might even want to keep a journal of your experience so you can see your progress.
Use Your Support Systems
The grief journey is a difficult one and you shouldn’t have to go on it alone. If friends or family offer support, take it. And don’t hesitate to reach out and ask for help. Sometimes people want to help, they just don’t know how. If you don’t have friends or family to support you, consider joining a grief support group.
Know that your grief journey will have ups and downs. And your life will be forever changed. But you can still find joy and happiness again. Think about your future and where you would like to be, and then make small changes to help you reach your goal.