After losing a loved one, your life will be shaken up in a number of ways that you will have never imagined or expected. While you can trust us at Sunset View Cemetery & Mortuary to be there for you throughout this entire process, we understand that it takes time to heal – and sometimes even longer just to feel “normal” again.
You might feel lost as you try to return to your everyday routine, or you may feel guilty about moving on without your loved one. No matter what your circumstances are, we are here to provide the resources and support you need to get through this difficult time.
After losing a loved one, it may feel impossible to move forward. We understand that this is never an easy transition, but our goal is to connect you with the resources and life practices that can help you reground and reset to get back to your everyday life.
Grief counseling is one of the most beneficial resources you can use to cope with loss. With the assistance of a counselor, you can learn how to use tools and tips to work through your grief. After dealing with a loss, it is helpful to have a person outside of your family or friend group who you can talk to about all your emotions – a safe place where you can share your feelings without being judged or feeling like you’re burdening someone else.
Here are some of the concepts that grief therapy can help with:
- Accepting the reality of the loss
- Identifying and dealing with trauma
- Overcoming guilt
- Coping with life changes
- Building a support system
If meeting with a therapist is not something you are interested in, there are alternative steps you can take. For example, if you have a religious affiliation, meeting with a pastor or minister can also provide a sense of peace.
Another way to help yourself is to start an exercise routine. Whether this is running, yoga, meditation, or some other type of physical activity, keeping your endorphins up will help to regulate your mental health.
No matter what type of healing path you choose to embark upon, know that you are never alone. Grief is an emotion that works on a different timetable for every person. Try to remove any expectations for yourself during this process, and above all, remember that there are always people around you who want to help you. Never hesitate to reach out; we are here to support our El Cerrito families however we can.