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Tips for Coping After Losing a Parent

Losing a parent is a very difficult thing for anyone to deal with, regardless of age. Grief is much more difficult to process the closer you are to the individual who has passed away. With that said, losing a parent, at 5 or 50, can seriously impact your mental health and wellbeing. It is important to take the necessary steps during the grieving process to allow yourself to cope with such a traumatic and life-changing event. Consider doing a few of the things below if you are dealing with the loss of a parent and would like to learn some techniques to help you in the grieving process:

1. Connect with Others

See your family, your friends, have a date night with your partner. Take time to have meaningful conversations with the people closest to you. They care and are here to help you through times like this.

2. Identify Distorted Thoughts

Don’t let yourself get stuck on what you could have done differently. Thoughts like this can plague your mental health and be a serious blocker to emotional well-being. Nothing you did, or will do, can change the chain of events and once you are at peace with this you can begin healing.

3. Connect with the Parent You Lost

Regardless of the age you lose your parent, you will always feel some sort of connection to your mom or dad. If you were able to keep any of their belongings like clothing, sentimental items, or have old photos of them, take some time to go through these and remember them in a positive way. Consider making a memory album of these things so you can feel that connection whenever you want.

4. Talk About the Parent You Lost

When you are ready to have the conversation, sit down with your loved ones and talk about your parent. This is incredibly difficult but is the first step in dealing with the loss of a parent. Talking about them is your way of keeping their memory alive and well.

5. Seek Out a Grief and Loss Therapist

Losing a parent is not something everyone has experienced. If you are feeling isolated in your grief and do not have people to talk to about your emotions, consider reaching out to a grief and loss therapist for some help through the painful process.

If you are struggling to handle the loss of a parent, you share these feelings with millions of people, of all ages. No one can truly describe the feeling of watching a parent pass away, but we are here to help and provide healthy tips for coping. If the loss of a parent is seriously impacting your emotional well-being, consider connecting with us to learn more about our grief therapy options (LINK TO GRIEF THERAPY PAGE).