Grief and loss are universal experiences that can be incredibly challenging to navigate. Whether you’ve lost a loved one, experienced a significant life change, or are dealing with the aftermath of a painful breakup, it’s important to develop strategies for managing and coping with your emotions during this difficult time.

Hi, I’m Cheryl Baird, a Therapist at Cedar Tree Counseling, and in this article, I share seven helpful strategies to cope with grief and loss so you can begin the healing process and find a path forward.


1. Allow Yourself to Grieve


Suppressing your emotions can prolong the healing process.

Instead, create space for your grief and honor it with your attention. Crying, expressing anger, or writing in a journal are a few ways to let the emotion live outside of your body. Embrace the wide range of emotions that come with loss, knowing that they are all valid.


2. Seek Support


You don’t have to navigate grief alone. Reach out to trusted friends and family members who can provide a listening ear and emotional support.

Additionally, consider joining a grief support group where you can connect with others who are experiencing similar pain. Sharing the load with others lightens the burden for you.


3. Practice Self-Care


During times of grief, it’s essential to engage in activities that nourish your mind, body, and soul.

This can include getting enough rest, eating well, exercising, and engaging in hobbies or activities that bring you joy.


4. Talk to a Therapist


Therapy can be a valuable tool for processing grief and loss. A skilled therapist can guide you through the healing process, helping you identify coping strategies, navigate complex emotions, and develop a plan for moving forward.

Feeling seen and heard in this process can help you take the steps necessary to bring healing to your relationship.


5. Embrace Rituals & Symbolism


Creating rituals or symbolic acts to honor your loss can be cathartic because it provides a sense of closure and helps individuals process their grief. It also allows them to acknowledge the significance of their loss and express their emotions in a tangible way, which can be healing and transformative.

A few rituals to consider would be to light a candle in memory of your loved one, create a memory box filled with mementos, or plant a tree as a symbol of growth and renewal.

This podcast episode details how one religious community helped parents grieve the loss of their children.


6. Find Meaning in the Loss


While pain and grief may overshadow everything initially, over time, it’s important to look for the meaning and purpose that can emerge from loss. Reflect on the lessons learned, the strength gained, and the love shared.

Channel this newfound wisdom and look for ways to incorporate these changes in your life.


7. Take It One Day at a Time


Grief is a journey, and healing takes time. Remember to be patient with yourself and take things one day at a time.

Allow yourself to experience moments of joy and laughter amidst the pain. Celebrate small victories and milestones along the way.

Remember, healing is a personal and unique process.

If you find that you need additional support navigating the complex emotions that come with grief and loss, don’t hesitate to reach out to us at Cedar Tree and schedule an appointment today.

We’ll help you find the time and space you need to embrace the journey towards healing and renewal.

Cheryl Baird

Cheryl Baird

Adults & Couples

For the past 15 years, I’ve been helping individuals and couples identify their emotional challenges and pave the way for personal growth and deeper connections.

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