First of all, each person grieves differently.
In the beginning, I tell people to allow themselves time to go through the emotions–denial, anger, bargaining, depression and acceptance.
I talk about journaling, giving yourself alone time, or conversely, about finding new friends, interests and habits.
I’ve just written a new book and have given 10 tips on how to move forward in grief.
Once as I prepared for a speaking event, I coined the term, APPLY G, an acronym that I follow to cope with my loss:
A = Attitude
a positive attitude can change our outlook on life.
P = Patience
slow down, things will take longer
P = Power
we still have the power to choose how we will respond to our challenges, approach them from a point of Power
L = Laughter Tap into your sense of humor to put your grief and challenges in perspective
Y = Yes, to Change When you’re having a bad day, change your activity. Take a nap, take a walk, call someone who can support you, do something fun or that takes you out of the mood.
G = Gratitude Focus on your blessings