When someone you love dies, it can be difficult to know how to act or what to do. You may feel like you are in a state of shock and that nothing seems real.
Here are 7 things NOT to do when someone close to you dies:
- Don't avoid talking about the person who died. It's okay to talk about your loved one and to share memories with others. Pretending that the person never existed will only make your grief harder to deal with.
- Don't try to be strong for everyone else. It's okay to cry and to show your emotions. You don't have to pretend like everything is fine when it's not.
- Don't isolate yourself from others. It's important to reach out to your friends and family for support during this difficult time. Trying to go through the grieving process alone will only make it more difficult.
- Don't make any major life decisions right away. After a loved one dies, you may be tempted to make drastic changes in your life. However, it's important to give yourself time to grieve before making any major decisions.
- Don't try to numb your pain with alcohol or drugs. It's natural to want to numbed the pain you're feeling after a loss. However, using alcohol or drugs as a coping mechanism can lead to more problems down the road.
- Don't blame yourself for the death. It's common to feel like you could have done something to prevent the death. However, it's important to remember that you are not responsible for what happened.
- Don't try to rush the grieving process. Grief is a process that takes time. There is no right or wrong way to grieve. Don't try to force yourself to move on before you're ready.
If you are struggling after the death of a loved one, please reach out for help. There are many resources available to help you through this difficult time.