Spring Renewal and Living With Loss
Growth, life, and renewal are all big parts of the Spring season. Unfortunately, these can be difficult to deal with after the loss of a loved one. When living with grief, it can be hard to accept the cycle of renewal in the Spring. This article will explore how you can embrace the coming season to help you work through feelings of loss.
New Life in the Spring
Spring is a time for a new life as we come out of the harsh, gray Winter. Plants bloom and birds return from the south. Try to take note of the returning green, and the blossoming of flowers. Where there is new life, there can be happiness.
Enjoying the Outdoors
With warmer weather and greener surroundings, Spring is a great time to get outside. Try going for a walk in the park, or spending time in your garden. Surrounding yourself with nature can be a good way to bring joy into your life. Additionally, Vitamin D (from the sun) is a mood booster. Spending time in the sun can actually improve overall happiness in addition to its other health benefits.
Spring cleaning is a good way to refresh and renew your home for the new season. But when dealing with loss, Spring cleaning can also help you deal with your loved one's possessions. After the loss of a loved one, it can be hard to go through all of their belongings. Try using this time as an opportunity to work your way through this. Consider making donation boxes for clothes and other possessions. You may also want to save some items to give to other loved ones. Understand that there will be plenty of raw emotions during this time, but it is an important part of the grieving process.
Taking Time For Yourself
When dealing with grief, it can seem hard to spend time on yourself. There are often a lot of things to do in order to keep our lives moving. But, it is important to take time for self-care. Take some time to d things for yourself. Watch your favorite movie, or go for a spa day. Providing for your needs is often overlooked while grieving, so try your best to provide for yourself when you can.
The author of this post is not a professional therapist or counselor. For assistance in finding a grief counselor that is right for you, there are a number of resources out there. For our Grief Resource Center, written by Dr. Bill Webster, click here.
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