20 Ways to Heal From Grief May Bring Peace to Your Grieving Heart
How to Heal from Grief
There are studies that describe the 5 stages of grief. Each phase of grief is a progression towards healing.
Losing a loved one will create all kinds of feelings. Healing will take time. At some point in our lives, we will experience grief. There are no steady rules in dealing with bereavement of any kind.
Pain and sorrow will accelerate your mind with heart breaking wounds. Over time the pain will soften and acceptance will slowly slip in.
However there's one thing about mourning, it will never entirely disappear. Over time, acceptance will crawl in but moments of sadness will continually reappear. On some days, grief will feel brand new.
Losing a parent, a sibling, a child, a friend, a spouse, is never easy. It may take years to feel like your “old self” again.
Having experienced grief several times in my own life, I know that grief can accumulate. Intense sorrow can build up with each loss you experience.
- A Grief Illustrated - Remembering the past over what I held close. Loving the things that mattered the most. Looking for purpose and meaning in life, away from the struggles, sorrow and strife.
20 Ways Towards Healing from Grief
I found these helpful approaches towards healing.
Pressing forward, I’ve recognized my grief. Taking it one day at a time towards finding a place of healing, I have come to realize these 20 ways to discover spiritual healing from grief.
1. Let the tears flow freely – Crying sets you free. Releasing the tears illuminates wonders in your soul. Set aside times when you can have a really good cry, without anyone around, it is ok to feel the pain.
2. Pray – Prayer is the simplest thing you can do. With prayer, wonderful things happen. Feelings lifted permit the freedom to improve your spirits and your heart will rejoice. Give thanks in your prayer and turn your anxieties over to God to release those fears.
3. Read the Bible – The Bible is rich with healing. The Gospels tell the stories of Jesus; the Psalms are blessings to those who are hurting.
4. Journal – Write in a private journal. Write your thoughts, prayers, poetry, or whatever flows out, this doesn’t need to be shared with anyone.
5. Take some time to rest and do nothing – Sitting alone in the silence can bring peace into your heart. Meditate on your thoughts and just relax your mind.
6. Join a Support Group or small group – Talking to others who share similar experiences can be reassuring.
7. Visit places that remind you of your loved one – Go to places where you spent time together, a place that has fond memorie, where you laughed and enjoyed life.
8. Look through photo albums – Recollect the memories with the photos. Recall the time and place, remember the good times.
9. Listen to music – Pop in your favorite CD, turn on the radio, and just listen to the songs, the melodies to soothe your aching heart.
10. Sing aloud in your car – Like listening to your favorite songs except sing along and when no one else can hear you, sing it loud.
11. Get involved – Join your local church, volunteer with your favorite charities. You will find when you give back to the community, your healing will be released.
12. Go on a vacation – Find a place where you can relax, have fun, and just unwind. Enjoy your blessings.
13. Visit family – Spending time with loved ones can provide great joy. People who love you for who you are with no pretending or wearing masks, just let down your guard and enjoy your family.
14. Play with children – Spend time with little children, for instance grandchildren can bring laughter and joy. Watch them play, the innocence of their lives offer simple treasures.
15. Have some fun and unwind – Like going on a vacation, but make it simple. Go out with some friends or, go on a date, go see a movie, comedy club, or any place that you can just laugh a little.
16. Encourage someone else – Helping another in need with encouragement can lift your spirits. Pray with them or talk with them by lifting their spirits.
17. Write a letter to your loved one – Express all your feelings, read it out loud (if no is around), destroy it whenever you are ready.
18. Do some Research – A little research on your ancestry and digging a little deeper in your family history will give you insights and wisdom.
19. Go outside, be in nature, and observe the beauty. – Spending time in nature, watching the sunsets, the birds, and the change of seasons can be invigorating.
20. Take a class – Education is elementary, it’s what makes the world move in different directions by reaching beyond perception. Take a class or a hobby in something of interest. Putting your mind to work will release anxieties.
Grief must be acknowledged in order to move forward. These methods have helped me and I hope they can help you too.
One of the most important things to remember is to reach out to others for support.
We are born to be in relationships, when you lose someone who has been an integral part of your life, you will change.