The Grief Awareness Week is celebrated between 2nd and 8th December. This week aims to raise awareness about grief and bereavement. Those issues are addressed specifically during this week, but people are struggling with it on a daily basis.
Getting people to talk about bereavement and death seems like a hard task to accomplish, but this is the first step in the healing process. Although this topic touches all of us, people are still trying to avoid it. The UK doesn’t have a statutory bereavement policy for schools, yet in the current situation there are many children who have lost their loved ones.
Bereavement is not a mental health problem, but it can become one if it is not addressed properly. People dealing with loss are at increased risk of isolation, trauma, loneliness, substances abuse and mental health illnesses. Suicide should also be considered a significant risk factor when someone is bereaved by suicide.
Raising awareness about this issue and providing early support can help most to grieve healthily. We are here to give you a piece of advice on how to manage grief and loss.
- Search for support
Support from others is one of the most important steps in the process of healing. A simple conversation with a close friend, family member or an entrusted counsellor can help with identifying the steps on the healing path.
- Take care of yourself
It’s important to take care of yourself. Make sure that you stick to the healthy diet. Healthy body breeds a healthy mind and vice versa!
Get enough sleep and exercise regularly to support your organism with the production of happy hormones.
- Take time to mourn
Give yourself a scheduled time for mourning. You might be reluctant to planning it in advance but scheduling it can help you feel more in control of your grief and less overwhelmed. Begin by setting aside half an hour every day to give yourself a moment to pause and think about your loved one.
Mourning is recognizing the death of a loved one which helps you to say goodbye. It allows the family members to get an ongoing support and sympathy.
Do not be afraid of showing it because all it stands for is the love for your loved ones.