Healthy Ways to Mourn the Loss of a Loved One

Losing a loved one is always a difficult time to overcome. At Iowa Funeral Planning, we believe there are many, healthy ways to mourn the loss of a loved one in your life. If you do lose a loved one, call our supportive staff at Iowa Funeral Planning for help with planning any funeral, burial, or cremation services.

Find a Support System
There are many ways to gain support after you experience a loss. It’s beneficial to express your feelings at the time you are grieving. While everyone mourns in their own unique way, connecting with others through a loss is beneficial to help you overcome grief.. A few ways to find support can include the following:

Friends and Family Members
Your loved ones are great resources to turn to in time of a loss. Many people are tempted to avoid people during hardship, but confiding in loved ones can provide comfort and support when it is needed most.

Your faith can offer solace, if religion is important to you. Praying, meditating and going to church can help comfort you during times of hardship. If you find yourself questioning your faith during this difficult time, turn to those in your religious community; they can offer relevant advice.

Support Groups
Sharing your feelings with those experiencing similar losses can help you cope with the loss. There are online support groups if you are not comfortable sharing your loss in public. If you are looking for an in-person support group you can contact your local hospitals and counseling centers.

Express Yourself Through Art
Expressing yourself through writing or music can be a good way to cope with a loss and let your feelings out. You can always paint a picture, take on crafting projects or write a letter to the person you lost. Creating artwork can be very therapeutic following a tragic loss. It can be used as a form of meditation and free the mind from stress.

Be Healthy
Grieving can often cause a type of numbness that can have harmful effects on the body. To remain healthy while grieving, give your body the proper care that it needs.

Feed your Body the Proper Nutrients
Eating habits can vary through the time of grief. Some people have tendencies to stress eat, and other people don’t have an appetite. It’s important that you feed your body nutritious food in appropriate quantities. It will make your body feel better and give you more energy.

Stay Active
Exercising during times of hardship helps you clear your mind. Physical activity produces high endorphin levels which causes us to feel less pain and fewer negative effects of stress. A simple walk can help you get a breath of fresh air.

Sleep Well
Experiencing a tragic loss causes sleeplessness, especially in the early stages of grief. Simple methods to try to get a good night’s sleep include:

  • Listen to soothing music or sounds before bed.
  • Have a warm cup of water or sleepytime tea before going to sleep.
  • Develop a relaxing routine before bed, such as taking a warm bath or shower, or reading a book.
  • Place all electronics away from your bed.

Volunteer Your Time
Spending your time working at a volunteer center can help you remain positive when you experience hardships in life. Try to pick a charity or organization that has meaning to you. Helping others can create a rewarding feeling for you and help you cope with your loss.

Iowa Funeral Planning is Here for You
Our counselors are on call 24/7 if you are in need of any advice or consultation. We can direct you to helpful resources to help you throughout your grieving process. Please contact us for a free and confidential consultation with no obligation.


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Our main goal at Iowa Funeral Planning is to provide our customers with assistance and options when it comes to planning a funeral. We know how overwhelming this process can be, and we are here to help get you through it. Our counselors are trained, compassionate professionals and will work with you, your wishes and your budget to plan funeral services to best fit your situation. All of our initial consultations are free of charge and completely confidential. There is no obligation to purchase anything when you use this site or contact us with questions. In the case of imminent death of a loved one, Iowa Funeral Planning offers 24 hour immediate assistance to help you make decisions regarding funeral arrangements as easy as possible. Call us today at 888.682.7002 for a free and confidential consultation with no obligation.

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