Finding Strength To Go On
Grief can be a slow process of learning how to deal with a major loss. Many aspects of your life have changed, and it is normal to feel overwhelmed. You may be confronted with daily decisions that are difficult. If you have encountered a recent loss, assess situations carefully and if possible, try to wait before making major changes. Learn to be gentle with yourself. Asking for support and talking with a trusted relative or friend, support group members or a counselor may relieve stress. Because grief consumes one’s energy, getting enough rest, exercise and eating healthy foods are important.
Carol Staudacher advises in her book A Time to Grieve, “When I feel I cannot go on, when I feel that no one could go on in such circumstances, I will remember that people often have more strength than they realize they have. I will reach down deep inside myself and tap that core of strength that has brought me this far, and I will know that it can take me the whole distance.”
Hold on to the belief that you will be able to find meaning in the days and months ahead. Know that others care and that you are not alone.