Last updated on Jun 23rd, 2021 at 02:24 pm

It is very difficult to deal with the death of a loved one, whether their death was sudden or expected.

Everybody handles and copes with the death of a loved one in a different way. It is nevertheless still important to take care of your mental and physical health during this time. Understanding your emotions, exercising and following a healthy diet should not be neglected, in order to prevent possible health conditions such as depression and obesity from developing.

The following may be useful in helping you to cope better with the death of a loved one.

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The stages of grief and recognising them

There are five stages of grief. These stages are denial, anger, bargaining, depression and acceptance. It is important for you to recognise each stage and allow yourself sufficient time to go through each one. All people vary as to how much time they spend on each stage of grief. For example, one person may spend weeks experiencing denial whilst another may take a day or two. Similarly, some people reach acceptance much later than others do.

Give yourself the time you need to grieve. If possible, take some time off from work or ask others to assist you with tasks, both at home and work (if possible/necessary). Spend this time focusing on your grief and avoid allowing other stresses to bombard your mind. Remember that healing takes time.

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