How to Cope with the Death of a Close Friend

How to Cope with the Death of a Close Friend

As you age, friends you’ve known for years may die. While some of them may suffer from a health condition, which prepares you to say your goodbyes, others may die suddenly leaving you questioning your own existence. This can bring up many emotions: anxiety, depression, and despair. Knowing what to do with these feelings, and how to avoid them when another close friend dies, consider these ways on how to cope with the death of a close friend.

This Is How to Cope with the Death of a Close Friend

Focus on Your Close Friend

It can be easy to remove what has happened to your close friend and place it on you, as though you are going to die soon. This puts additional pressure on you, in addition to what you’re already feeling from losing your friend.

Try to focus on just the passing of your friend NOT you dying in the future. It can be difficult to do this, since there can be some similarities that weight heavily on you. However, there will be time to focus on your own existence later once you have mourned the passing of your friend.

Seek Support

Support from other loved ones is important right now. Reach out to those who understand the most. Talk about how you’re feeling inside and some of the thoughts you’re having. If you’re up to it, discuss some of the memories – good and bad. It’s okay to laugh during this time. It doesn’t mean you are insensitive. You are simply remembering your friend in a good way, and that is something he or she would appreciate.

Be Good to Yourself

During the mourning stage, you will need extra care. You may feel like sleeping a little more, or you may not want to eat as much. Give in to what your body is telling you. It will keep you healthy and help you get through the grieving process much easier.

Live to Learn How to Live Without Your Close Friend

One of the hardest parts of losing a close friend is dealing with the fact he or she will not be a prominent part of your life any longer. The only way to overcome this challenge is to live. As you go through each day, you will experience life without your close friend. While this can be extremely difficult at first, as you do it, it should get easier. Just continue to move forward with each day as hard as it is, and little by little you will see things change.

Consider Personal Consulting

Talking to someone who will truly listen can be how to cope with the death of a close friend. A personal consultant can do that for you. With personal consulting, you will speak to someone who understands what you’re thinking and feeling right now. All via phone, you’ll be able to work on many of the tips in this blog post as well as many others to help you through this time in your life.

To get started with personal consulting, contact Kendall Van Blarcom here.


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