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Navigating Grief: Understanding the Journey

Written by
Jeremy Askew
Published on
June 17, 2024

Navigating Grief: There is no Rulebook

The loss of a loved one is a deeply personal experience, and everyone grieves differently. There's no right or wrong way to feel, and no timeline for healing. It's a journey with many twists and turns, and it's okay to feel overwhelmed or lost along the way.

Managing Grief is like journey.

While everyone's grief journey is unique, there are some common stages you might experience:

  • Denial and shock: It can be difficult to accept the reality of loss, and you might feel numb or detached.
  • Anger: You might feel anger towards the person who has died, towards yourself, or even towards the world.
  • Bargaining: You might try to make deals with a higher power or imagine ways to reverse the loss.
  • Depression: Feelings of sadness, emptiness, and hopelessness are common.
  • Acceptance: This doesn't mean you're happy about the loss, but you've come to terms with it and are able to move forward.

Remember, these stages aren't linear, and you might not experience all of them. You might even revisit certain stages multiple times.

Finding Your Own Path

There's no one-size-fits-all approach to grief. It's important to find what works for you. Here are a few things that might help:

  • Talk to someone: Share your feelings with a trusted friend, family member, therapist, or support group.
  • Take care of yourself: Eat well, exercise, get enough sleep, and avoid unhealthy coping mechanisms like alcohol or drugs.
  • Allow yourself to feel: It's okay to cry, to be angry, to feel sad. Don't bottle up your emotions.
  • Find a creative outlet: Writing, painting, music, or other forms of expression can be therapeutic.
  • Be patient: Healing takes time. Don't rush yourself.

We're Here to Help

At Town Close Financial Planning, we understand the emotional and financial challenges that come with bereavement. We're here to provide support and guidance as you navigate this difficult time.