How to Cope With the Sudden Loss of a Loved One

The unexpected death of a loved one can be a difficult experience. Although we all know that death is a part of everyone’s life, the sudden death of a loved one will still be emotional nonetheless. It’s important to understand that grief affects everyone differently. During the grieving process, you will likely experience several different emotional responses. Grief can affect both your psychological and physical well-being.

The length of time it takes to accept the unexpected death of a loved one will be different for everyone. As you begin to heal and move forward along your journey of grief, it is quite common to feel overwhelmed. Although no one can truly understand the pain you may be feeling, there are certain measures you can take to make the bereavement process easier. Here are some helpful tips for dealing with grief and the sudden death of a loved one.


After Talk

Write. Share. Always There. Online Grief Support – Because when a loved one leaves us, the grief can be overwhelming. Sometimes, the sudden “aloneness” is too much to bear. The conversations throughout the day with a spouse, the phone calls or emails with a friend or child—never again. The silence is almost unendurable. You yearn to continue the conversation. If you are coping with grief, you’ve come to the right place. Our online grief support site offers grief blogs, inspirational quotes, and interactive writing tools to help you manage your grief.

To put it simply, this website is about grief. That probably sounds oversimplified, but grief is a complex, heavy, frustrating, scary, enormous…ahem, big topic. It starts with a death and envelopes everyone from family to friends, to friends of family and friends. Not only is grief an emotional, logistical, and existential nightmare, but it is taxing. It requires us to navigate the world without someone important, deal with complex feelings and emotions, and figure out ways to move forward when everything seems kind of bleak.

The co-authors of this site, are Baltimore-based mental health professionals with 20+ years of experience in grief and bereavement. More importantly, though, we have both experienced the death of a parent and have dealt with life after that loss. Neither of us knew what resources were available to us at the time, and we fumbled through the darkness alone. Later we wondered why should anyone have to feel alone when so many of us have been through grief ourselves? For this reason, we are committed to delve into anything and everything grief-related and to provide a place where people can come to support and be supported.

Specifically, our mission is to promote grief education, exploration, and expression in both practical and creative ways. We aim to provide the public with…

    • Education that reaches beyond generalization
    • Practical and specific suggestions for moving forward
    • Modes of self-exploration and self-expression that suit all types of thinkers and doers
    • Ways to honor and remember deceased loved ones.
    • A supportive community

Decluttering Your Home after the Loss of a Loved One: A Step-by-Step Guide to Moving through the Difficult Process

Losing someone we love is one of the most difficult life events we’ll ever face. When the loss is someone you share a home with, it can feel even more traumatic. A house full of the possessions that once belonged to your loved one can feel overwhelming, but the idea of letting them go may feel impossible.

The hard truth is that while it’s a difficult process to declutter and organize your house after a loved one passes away, it’s an important step in moving forward. This guide will help you create a strategy for getting through the process as easily as possible.

Recommended Reading

Mindfulness & Grief by Heather Stang