Activities to Help You in Your Grief

| By Jodi Horton

The grief journey is unique to each individual. Take the suggestions that bring you comfort, and that help you during this difficult time.

Practice rituals that allow you to acknowledge your grief and the memory of your loved one. A ritual may be to light a candle in honor of your deceased loved one. Perhaps it is scented with something that reminds you of him or her—the vanilla perfume she wore or the jasmine he tended to in the garden.

In some cultures, families create an altar in the home. It could be a small shelf with a picture of the person displayed, a candle, and a small item of remembrance. This can be a way to keep an individual’s memory open and near. Whatever ritual you choose, it should be one that gives you comfort and helps you in expressing your feelings.

Know your options for support. Individuals often find help from close friends or other family members, from leaders in their faith community, or from a grief support program. Let friends or family members know how they can help you during this time of grief. Contact area hospices for information about their bereavement programs or to find a grief support group.

Practice communicating your feelings. Communication can take multiple forms, including talking to family or friends, participating in a support group, writing, or creating artwork. No matter what method you choose, use it as an opportunity to express the emotions running through you right now.

If you or someone you love is in the Pima County area and needs grief support, contact the bereavement department of Casa de la Luz Hospice at (520) 544-9890.  

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