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Losing a loved one is never going to be easy. Indeed, it will always be fraught with difficult emotions that often take a considerable amount of time to process. However, despite this fact, there are some things you can do to make this experience a little less challenging and painful for yourself. Read on to find out what they are. 

Honor their wishes 

One way in which you can make the loss of a loved one that little bit easier is to make sure you honor their wishes. Especially when it comes to their funeral or where they would like their ashes scattered. You may even wish to have a discussion with them concerning the type of funeral home caskets they would like once they have passed. Indeed, by having this (albeit) difficult conversation beforehand, you can help to make the grieving process that much easier when it does arrive. 

Another way that you can be sure of honoring their wishes is to ask them about organ donation. In fact, by knowing whether your loved one has organ donor status you could help save countless others’ lives. Yes, it can be challenging emotionally. However, it can also help to ensure that your loved one’s wishes were respected to the last and that some positivity can come from the tragedy. 

Give them a wonderful send-off 

Another way that you can make things a little easier on yourself when a loved one passes, is to make sure you give them the best send-off possible. Of course, the best will mean different things to different people. Some folks will want a celebration of their life, where no one wears black and people can drink, eat, and party in their honor.

However, for others, a more somber event will be more appropriate. One where people do wear traditional black and are encouraged to express their grief more openly. 

Remember the good times 

One of the most important things you can do when grieving the loss of a loved one is to make a special effort to remember the good times. Of course, how you choose to do this is up to you, but some people find going through old photo albums or social media accounts helpful.

Others choose to get together with other people that knew the deceased, even after the funeral to help remember them and keep their memory alive. Still, others will visit places that were the backdrop to significant experience with the person that they loved. 

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Seek extra support and help 

Finally, you can make things significantly easier for yourself by choosing to reach out for support and help while you are grieving. Fortunately, there are many professionals that specialize in grief coaching, as well as support groups that offer peer support from others that are in or have been through a similar situation. Something that can be particularly helpful as it means you can spend time with people that truly understand and empathize with the situation in which you find yourself. 

By Erica Buteau

Change Agent. Daydream Believer. Maker. Creative. Likes love, peace and Jeeping. Dislikes winter, paper cuts and war. She/Her/Hers.

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