Managing grief can be really hard. Below are some suggestions that may help you to get through this time.
Accepting your feelings
There is no right or wrong way to feel after losing someone you care about. Accepting the feelings you have and acknowledging you are going through a stressful experience may be helpful in managing your reactions. Many people wrongly think the intensity of their feelings means they are going mad.
Allow yourself to cry
It is OK to cry. You don't have to be over it in anyone else's time except your own. If you feel uncomfortable about crying in front of people you may want to make a plan so you can leave and go to a safer place. This may be:
- A quiet room
- The park
- School counselor's office
- Your favorite spot
If you are in a classroom, it may be a good idea to let your teacher know of your plan at the beginning of class, then if it happens the teacher will know what you are doing and that you are safe.
Take time out
Friends and relatives may have deep feelings of grief as well. The way they manage these feelings may be different to you, which can mean that people's reactions to things are exaggerated. Things that would not usually stress people out may do so. If you are having trouble coping with other friends or relatives it may be a good idea to take time out. You may like to:
- Go for a walk
- Listen to music
- Hang out with friends
- Kick a footie
It's OK to smile
After you have lost someone it may be helpful to talk about the memories and good times you have had with that person. There are likely to be many happy memories and fun times. It is OK, to enjoy those memories and have a laugh about the fun you have shared. This is not a sign that you miss the person any less.
Saying goodbye is important
Part of the grieving process is letting go of the person who has died. Saying goodbye to the person helps you to do this. You may want to do this by:
- Writing a letter
- Going to the funeral
- Having your own memorial service
It is important to say goodbye in your own way and in your own time. There is no right or wrong way for doing this.
Avoid bottling stuff up
Keeping things to yourself may mean that the tension builds up inside you. Finding a way to express how you are feeling may help you to feel better. You may like to talk to someone, write your thoughts down, draw or punch some pillows. Check out the Express Yourself fact sheet for more ideas about how to get stuff off your chest.
Have a massage
Having a massage may be a nice way to help you release some of that tension that can build within you.Talk to someone - Talking to someone you trust about how you are feeling may be helpful. This may be a family member, friend or youth worker. It may help to share your experiences with others who have had similar experiences.