Dealing with the grief and devastation that comes with losing a loved one may seem overwhelming, and it may be difficult to imagine feeling happy or at peace again. Many people turn to unhealthy ways of coping with loss, such as isolating themselves, pretending that everything is fine, or turning to substance use to self-medicate. While it’s normal to be heartbroken and distraught when a loved one passes away, you don’t have to go through any of these feelings alone, and getting support from friends, family, therapists, and support groups can be instrumental in finding a path forward. Figuring out the best way to grieve takes time and work, and it may involve trying new things that feel uncomfortable and unfamiliar. However, with the right support and tools, it can be a process that provides lasting healing and new perspectives.
If you or a loved one is going through the process of grieving a loss and need help, don’t hesitate to reach out to Alina Lodge in Blairstown, NJ, today. Our expert and friendly team is ready to help you begin to heal with our grief counseling program. Send us a message online, or call us at 833.685.1700 today.
Healthy Ways of Coping with Loss
When a loved one has just left us, the emotional pain and distress that can follow can make us feel confused, isolated, and desperate. Many people will just reach out for whatever things they might normally use to soothe themselves. While familiar activities and coping mechanisms may help some, they are often not enough. It is important not to push away sadness, grief, and loneliness, as these feelings will not simply disappear if we ignore them.
While there is no right or wrong way to grieve, adopting strategies that can help ease the process can go a long way. Take time to go through the process, which includes:
- Acknowledge the pain and sadness that you feel, allowing yourself to feel it.
- Understand that grief may trigger various unexpected feelings and behaviors.
- Ask for support from those closest to you, and seek grief counseling or support groups.
- Find healthy outlets for your grief, such as making art, journaling, or exercise.
- Talk about the person who has passed away, and share stories about the person with your friends and family.
- Take comfort in spirituality or a higher power if this is something that helps you.
Grief Support at Alina Lodge
At Alina Lodge, we know that grief is often complicated and may occur simultaneously with addiction or other mental health diagnoses. Our New Jersey center offers comprehensive programs for those who are grieving, including the following services:
- Cognitive-behavioral therapy
- Dialectical behavior therapy
- Family therapy
- Group therapy
- Dual-diagnosis treatment plans
- Long-term approach for extended support
At Alina Lodge, we believe in prevention as much as we do rehabilitation. Dealing with grief may trigger underlying or co-morbid conditions such as depression, anxiety, bipolar, eating disorders, or substance use disorders. We are here to help our students take on grief at their own pace, allowing for recovery and growth that can extend beyond bereavement in a comfortable and compassionate setting.
Find Peace for Your Grief with Support from Alina Lodge
Regardless of how recent a loss may have happened, the impact of losing a loved one can be longer-lasting than we may anticipate. With our multi-disciplined staff and variety of therapies and support, however, coping with loss is possible. Our team will also teach you to use the memories of their loved ones to find something positive and meaningful to work towards. Alina Lodge offers long-term support and care, so even if you or a loved one finds that years down the road, the grief resurfaces, we will be here for you to help maintain healthy habits and continue on a healthy path. Reach out to us today online, or call us at 833.685.1700.