Working through grief after a loved one’s cremation services in Rolling Prairie, IN. can be such a difficult thing to do. You may feel lost and like you don’t know which way is up. And hearing that time heals all wounds is great but doesn’t really do much at the present moment.
Grief is a natural process and everyone handles it differently. While there is no exact right or wrong way to process the grief, there are healthy and unhealthy ways, The thing you want to focus on is making sure you are taking the healthy path. Hard as it may be, working through your grief in this healthy manner helps ensure you make it to the other side of this grief mentally and physically healthy.
While preforming activities that bring you joy or are deemed as “fun” may be the last thing on your mind, many of these activities have profound effects on helping you with your grief. Think of these things like tools in your toolbox.
Even if you aren’t 100% into the activity, just try it. Go through the motions and you will see that most likely, with time, things get easier and feelings of joy and happiness start appearing again. While there are many ways to work through grief that, we are going to talk about just two, pet therapy and journaling.
This is perfect of you are already an animal lover, and if not, well, you might change your mind after this. Pet therapy is such a lovely way of connecting with something again. Therapy dogs can be a great source of love and comfort. Spending time, petting a dog can help relieve stress and produce happy hormones in you brain. Also, people have found that dogs can be great to talk to. Getting your feelings out to a dog allows you to vent and process your thoughts in an honest manner. Dogs just listen. They don’t judge.
If dogs aren’t your thing, there are all types of animals in the therapy space. Do a search and you can find everything from therapy horses to chickens and goats.
Working though your grief can be as simple as picking up a pen or pencil and putting your thoughts onto paper. Journaling has been shown to give many benefits for people working through trauma and/or grief. The good news is that your journal can be kept anyway you wish.
Of course you can always start off with “Dear Diary”, but if that feels a little high school, start off anyway you like. Write down random thoughts, single words, draw pictures, make bullet points, doodle, or ramble. Just pick up the pen and start.
One thing to consider is keeping your journal private. This way you have complete freedom in what you write. This allows more honest feelings and thoughts to come out.
While these two activities are very effective in working through grief, there are by no means the only options. There are a ton of activities to choose from. The important thing is to find something that resonates with you. And remember that it may not feel “right “or “okay “at first, but its all a process. In taking these steps you are helping ensure your mental and physical state stays healthy…and that is what your loved one would want.
If you would like more resources to help with grief after your cremation services in Rolling Prairie, IN., make sure to call the caring staff at Cutler Funeral Home and Cremation Center. They are always more than happy to help you through this difficult time.