Whether you have lost someone to the pandemic or police brutality or for another reason, it is important to grieve. Grieving is essential to healing emotional scars. Here are 4 ways to grieve the loss of someone.
1. Look at old memories
Looking at old memories is a great way to grieve. An example of this could be going through pictures you have with the person or even going through their room with a family member. By looking at old memories with said person, you may receive closure, however, it may also be painful. It is important to remember that healing is not a straight line; it can and will be messy and hard, but at the end of it it will be worth it.
2. Hold a remembrance event
A great way to grieve and help others do the same is to hold an event to remember the stories of the person who passed. This event can be in person(if everyone is socially distanced) or it can be over zoom so even more people will be able to attend. By going around in a circle and expressing what stories each person has with the person who has passed lets people grieve in a healthy unified way.
Like many hard things in life, grieving is difficult to do by yourself. Another way to help yourself grieve is to reach out for help in any form. This can be reaching to a friend that will listen to your struggles or joining a support group filled with people struggling through the same things you are. It is important to remember that your emotions during your difficult time is not a burden to anyone.
This may sound odd, but if you feel like you had something left to say to the person who passed, text their old number. It may bring closure and peace.