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How to Cope with the Loss of a Loved One

If you’re an older adult, you’ve probably had to learn how to cope with the loss of a loved one.  It could be a parent’s death, a spouse’s death, or the death of a close friend. Graduations, honeymoons, and nights full of joy and laughter all left an everlasting stamp on your life, and their loss can cause deep anguish, despair, and loneliness. The people you spend your time with give your life meaning. It can be considerably more difficult to locate without them.

That’s why, as an older adult, it’s critical to be a part of a community that offers meaningful connections and a sense of belonging. All have been demonstrated to have a variety of physical and mental health benefits, particularly while coping with the unfortunate death of a loved one. Living in a community is also one of the most effective strategies to overcome elder isolation and loneliness, allowing you to live your life to the fullest. After a recent loss of someone close to you, are you having trouble finding community and purpose? These five suggestions can assist you.

1. Be inventive.

There’s a lot of joy in embarking on a creative endeavor and making something from scratch, whether it’s a watercolor painting or a birdhouse. Even if you don’t think you have the skill or talent, simply creating something can help you cultivate curiosity and joy while also keeping your body and mind busy. Creating a photo album of memories or making their favorite recipes, for example, can be a powerful tool for expressing your sadness and remembering the ones you love.

2. Maintain an active lifestyle.

It’s difficult to picture going about your daily routine without your loved one beside you. Maintaining a daily schedule of activities you enjoy, such as yoga, walking, or gardening, might provide motivation to get dressed and get out the front door. Active living has numerous life-altering benefits that span the five aspects of wellness: physical, mental, social, emotional, and spiritual.

3. Take up a new hobby.

After a devastating loss, it’s easy to feel guilty for wanting to do the things that make you joyful. It’s vital to remember, though, that you have the ability to grant yourself permission to pursue your hobbies. Grief over the loss of a loved one can keep you stuck and prevent you from living the full life you deserve. Allow yourself time and space to heal, but also explore your interests and find renewed meaning in the hobbies that thrill you, old and new.

4. Participate.

When you lose a loved one, you may feel bewildered and as if you’ve lost your sense of purpose. Volunteering your time to local groups can help you find meaning while also making you a useful part of your community. Consider your skills, experience, and hobbies. Perhaps your local school needs after-school tutors, or your favorite concert hall needs ushers. Volunteering is a pleasant and fulfilling experience, as well as a wonderful way to honor and give to the causes and organizations dear to the hearts of loved ones who have passed away.

5. Make an effort to form bonds.

You’ve spent decades cultivating strong, long-lasting bonds with the people you care about. It’s all the more painful to lose them because of this. It can also feel that you’re past the point of initiating new connections as a senior and that putting yourself out there isn’t worth the effort. Here’s the deal: there are a lot of lonely older adults out there who could use a companion to lean on and share life’s joys with. You’ll soon realize that there’s no age limit on making true human connections if you invite your neighbor for a walk, join the local church choir, or try dating following the death of a spouse.

Our passion is assisting you in discovering your purpose.

You shouldn’t have to deal with the loss of a loved one by yourself. At Silverbell Homestead, you’ll find yourself surrounded by friends and neighbors who have faced similar challenges and can support you through the good and bad times. Residents can also participate in our innovative wellness program, which allows them to try new and old interests, be creative, and keep their minds and body active.

If you are in the Fletcher, NC area, we’d love to CONNECT with you!

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