• Talk about the death of your loved one with friends and colleagues in order to understand what happened and remember your friend or family member.  Denying the death is an easy way to isolate yourself, and will frustrate your support system in the process.
  • Accept your feelings.   People experience all kinds of emotions after the death of someone close.  Sadness, anger, frustration and even exhaustion are all normal.
  • Take care of yourself and your family.  Eating well, exercising and getting plenty of rest help us get through each day and move forward.  Many try to keep busy to keep the sadness from being overwhelming.
  • Reach out and help others dealing with the loss.  Helping others have the added benefit of making you feel better as well. Sharing stories of the deceased can help everyone cope.
  • Remember and celebrate the lives of your loved ones.  Possibilitites include donating to a favorite charity of the deceased, framing photos of fun times, passing on a family name to a baby or planting a garden in memory.  What you choose is up to you, as long as it allows you honor that unique relationship in a way that feels right to you.  If you feel stuck or overwhelmed by your emotions, it may be helpful to talk with a licensed psychologist or other mental health professional who can help you cope with your feelings and find ways to get back on track. Visit www.find-a-therapist.com for a mental health provider near you.