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Coping after the loss of a loved one is often challenging to do. Processing emotions can turn into a monumental task, and daily life can feel overwhelming.

When you experience a loved one committing suicide, you may find that you experience a confusing mixture of emotions simultaneously. Know that you are not alone. Reach out to your support network. You may also want to seek out support from a mental health care provider. While you seek out professional support, here are a few different coping strategies that can help you.

Accept Your EmotionsĀ 

You are probably experiencing many different emotions. You may even feel surprised by some of these emotions. Sadness is often an emotion that is deeply felt. You may also be experiencing anger, frustration, or confusion. Accept all of the different emotions you are experiencing. Learning to work through your feelings will become easier when you can separate out each emotion and acknowledge all of them.

Lean On Existing SupportĀ 

Accept the support of those around you. Your loved ones can be an excellent source to talk to and find comfort with. Open up about what you are feeling and experiencing. For some people, the act of talking about their feelings and the situation will help them to begin to release the hurt and emotions.

Care For Yourself

When experiencing a traumatic event, it can be easy to forget basic self-care. Take a walk, read a book, and do an activity that you generally enjoy. Focus on your mental health, and take time to figure out what you need.

Join a Group

Consider joining a group of people who have or are experiencing similar situations. It can feel comforting knowing that others feel the same way as you do. Trauma can lead to isolation. You may feel as if no one understands what you are feeling or going through. Connecting with others with shared experiences can help you work through any desire to isolate. When we feel connected to others, that connection can help us feel safe to open up and express ourselves.

If you are experiencing a loss of a loved one to suicide, it can often feel heartbreaking and overwhelming. Know that you are not alone. Try to lean on the support around you, and acknowledge all of the different emotions you are experiencing. It is also essential to take care of yourself and focus on your needs. Here at The Guest House, we know how difficult it is to process traumatic events. You are not alone. Call us today to learn more about how we can help you work through recovery and healing at (855) 483-7800.