Losing a loved one is one of the most difficult experiences a person can go through, and it’s normal to feel a range of emotions, including grief, sadness, and even anger. Some of our members even report feeling nothing; they are completely numb.
It can be challenging to find joy in life again, but it is possible. First, we recommend connecting with others who get it, within The AMF App. It’s a free resource that is paid for by generous donations.
Here are some of the things our members have shared with us:
“I never thought I would be someone who needed support from other people. Now that I have, I don’t know how I survived without it. The cafe posts mean so much and remind me I’m not alone. I’ve learned about boundaries and am finally moving forward.” -AMF App Community Member
“The holidays can be rough. When I joined this group last year it was only 6 weeks after I lost my mom. The wound was so fresh. When I think about where I was and where I am now, I owe most of my growth to this community. The people here really hold each other up and I’m so grateful.” -AMF App Community Member
“I am publishing a book on grief that will be live on Amazon on November 15. I would love to offer the community a free PDF version of the book, as I hope it will be helpful to them and others.” -Shared by an AMF App Community Member
Here are a few other suggestions that might help:
Allow yourself to feel your emotions: It’s okay to feel sad or upset. Allow yourself to experience these emotions and process them in a healthy way.
Take care of yourself: Grieving can be physically and emotionally draining. Make sure to get enough rest, eat well, and engage in self-care activities that bring you comfort and relaxation.
Seek support: It can be helpful to talk to a therapist, grief coach, or join a support group to share your feelings with others who have experienced similar losses. We offer groups with like-minded individuals, as well as offer grief coaching, in The AMF App.
Find meaning in your loved one’s memory: Consider finding ways to honor your loved one’s memory, such as creating a memorial or participating in a charity that was meaningful to them.
Find joy in the present: While it may be difficult at first, try to find small things to enjoy each day. This could be spending time with friends, engaging in hobbies, or taking a walk in nature.