Dealing with Depression After Loss of a Loved One

Loss is one of the hardest challenges one must face. Losing someone close to you can be very hard, and all too often the clients of personal injury and wrongful death lawyers are faced with this challenge.  But understanding a few things surrounding loss can make it easier to cope. Your body may physical respond to your grief, and that is to be expected from such a big event. You may experience the feeling of pressure in your chest, pain around your heart and a tightness in your throat when you try to speak. Upset stomach and headaches, as well as chills and dizziness is common as well. Many find themselves easily startled after losing a loved one, but it is common to dull out the world around you as well. Some find it hard to catch their breath, sleep, or even eat. You may sleep more than you used to, or wake up at odd hours and get only a few hours of rest a night. Some find themselves searching for their loved one in a crowd, or attach themselves to one of their loved one’s belongings. Others may avoid memories associated with them entirely. The main thing to understand is that every single person in the world deals with the loss of a loved one differently.


Begin to Move On


Grieving is an important process in order to overcome the feelings of hopelessness and and help you to continue to embrace the time you had with your loved one. Beginning to move on will seem tough at first, but talking about your loss with family or friend may help give you peace. Isolating yourself after loss or denying the death will only prolong your healing process and will push away those who love and support you.  Sometimes going out and doing  or eating something that you enjoy can help, but try not turn to excessive drinking or drug use to help fill the void. It is vital that you take care of yourself during your grieving and make sure that you eat, exercise and try your best to get a good amount of sleep each day. If you cannot take care of yourself, please reach out to those who surround you for help and remember always that it is okay for you to not be okay.


Seeking Further Help


If you cannot shake the guilt, anxiety or depression associated with your loss it is imperative that you reach out to a psychologist can help. Therapists, like those who practice individual therapy Sterling VA residents turn to, can give you guidance on developing strategies to overcome your sadness, build your resilience and manage your loss in healthier ways.


Thanks to our friends and contributors from Lindsey Hoskins & Associates for their insight into dealing with loss.