Adult Grief After a Traumatic Death

Remember, grieving doesn’t mean that you have to forget. Healing is an ever-evolving process that takes time after you have

Take time to care for yourself.

suffered the loss of a loved one. You will be forever changed. Take the time to care for yourself and remember your loved one. Coping Tips: • Give yourself plenty of time to grieve. • Experience your grief in your own way; permit yourself to honestly experience grief. • Set a few goals for yourself and work towards them one at a time. • Focus on making small life changes as opposed to major life decisions. • Find others who will listen. • Create a journal to express your thoughts and emotions. • Create an art project that focuses on your memories of your loved one. • If possible, keep photos and keepsakes around; as hard as it may be to look at now, over time these visual reminders may become treasured memories. • Consider attending a support group. • Seek professional counseling if needed by interviewing potential counseling professionals and inquire if they have experience with traumatic grief. • Surround yourself with supportive people. • Avoid people who are not helpful. • Spend time with family and friends who are caring listeners. • Seek the support of others who have experienced a similar loss. • Make a memorial or create a ritual that reminds you of your loved one and honors their legacy. • Don’t feel pressured to do things others think you should do. • Exercise, eat healthy food, and get plenty of rest to give yourself energy.

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