How to Get Through the First Couple of Weeks after a Death
Funeral services, visitations, medical agreements, and other such duties can keep you distracted and your grief away for a short period. When you stop being busy, the pain comes back in full force. This is one of the most challenging aspects of the grieving process and many people don’t know how to deal with it. At Wagg Funeral Home, we have some suggestions that can help:
1. Take a break
Instead of going back to work immediately after all funeral tasks are done, take a short break. Dedicate some time to yourself by sleeping in, going on a short road trip, and delegating responsibilities. If you have children and can’t leave your responsibilities behind, take short breaks during the day and focus on your mental health.
2. You’ll take time to adjust
Many grieving individuals try to get their life back on track as quickly as possible, but losing a loved one causes big changes in lifestyle. For example, if one spouse dies, the other must handle all of the decedent’s practical, financial, and emotional responsibilities. Take some time to understand these changes and responsibilities. Mistakes will happen; you will lose your temper, become frustrated, and feel lost. You should accept this period of uncertainty instead of focusing on guilt or helplessness.
3. Understand what you need from others
People are willing and eager to help you get through the grief. They don’t know how so they will make assumptions or try to follow what others tell them. This can be stressful for both parties, which is why you should tell them what you need and ask for help. That way friends can provide support when you need it most.