Memorial Day, the last Monday in May, is a holiday that originated in the years following the Civil War. It was originally known as Decoration Day. In the late 1860s, Americans began holding tributes to fallen soldiers in their towns by decorating the graves of the lost soldiers with flowers. Our nation, comes together to support others coping with grief on Memorial Day. Each year we come together with grateful hearts, taking time to acknowledge the brave individuals who have sacrificed their lives for our nation. Coping with grief can be a challenging and it can be hard to not feel like you’re betraying the memory of your loved one. An article by Mayo Clinic discusses ways to help coping with grief.
Easing the Healing Process of Grief
Actively grieve and mourn. Grief and mourning are a natural and necessary part of the healing process after a loss of a loved one. Taking steps like planning a memorial service can help with coping with grief.
Acknowledge your pain. Accept that you’re coping with grief. If you don’t, your wounds may never subside. Accept the pain your feeling and move towards a state of healing and acceptance.
Look to loved ones and others for support. It is important not to isolate yourself when coping with grief. Spending time with friends and loved ones can help your healing process. Allow others to be there for you.
Don’t make major decisions while grieving. Coping with grief can be challenging and during tough times our judgment is often clouded. It is important to not make big decisions during these times. If you must, seek the guidance of someone you trust.
Take care of yourself. Grief can consume us. It can consume our energy and motivation. It is important to try to maintain a healthy routine. Try to get enough sleep, eat healthy and include physical activity.
Remember that time helps, but it might not cure. Time helps heal our wounds, but it never truly cures them. Try to remember that as time passes so will the pain of your loss.