How to Gain Closure After Losing a Loved One

Published Date 10/14/2018
Category: Loss & Grieving



You're bound to feel sad and lost after losing someone you love, but closure is possible.

Death might be an inevitable part of life, but we're never ready for it. When it takes someone we love, the loss can be crippling. Things might seem hopeless, but with the right strategies in place, you can gain closure after losing someone you love.


Visit the Grave or Final Resting Place of Your Loved One

A key part of getting closure is accepting that the person you loved is gone. Visiting your loved one's grave or final resting place can help you come to terms with that reality. Use your time there to think about any questions you still have and how your loved one might answer them. Having those final conversations you never had, even if it's only in your mind, is another effective tool for closure.


Forgive Anyone Involved

When someone dies, we often blame other people and even ourselves. If only the nurses took more care, or you were home, or so many other scenarios run through your head. You'll never get the peace you need for closure if you hold onto blame. It doesn't serve you. Instead, it keeps you locked into grief. Work on letting that blame go and forgiving anyone you've held culpable.


Talk to Professionals

When you're seeking closure after losing a loved one, you may be reluctant to talk to your family members and friends. Feeling like a burden is common, so many people simply clam up. However, there are people ready and willing to help you.


A trained counselor can help you work through your grief and get closure. Online psychics are also there to connect with you at any time of the day or night you want to talk. Consider an angel card reading to connect with the loved one you've lost and other people who have passed.


Keep a Journal

A journal is a useful tool for helping you work through your grief and achieve the closure you're seeking. Knowing what you write is private will give you the freedom to put down whatever is on your mind.


Make Plans for the Future

Making plans for the future, plans that don't involve the person you've lost, can be a real challenge. However, it's essential for gaining closure. When you make plans for your future, you're showing you accept your new reality. You're refusing to stay stuck. Start small and take your time. Having fun things to look forward to can really help you heal.


Closure is the final step in the grieving process and perhaps the most difficult. Many people worry that achieving closure means forgetting about the deceased or leaving their life with them behind. Instead, think of closure as moving forward, with the memories of the person you loved and the life you shared. Be kind to yourself during this final step and you can get the closure you need to move forward in your life.

 

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