Art by Maria Andrew
Pictured: Amy and her mum
- Don’t be afraid to ask for help.
- Talk to friends and family about how you are feeling, or consider joining a support group.
- Take care of your physical health. Grieving can be exhausting, so it’s important to eat a healthy diet, exercise and sleep.
- Manage stress – lighten your load by asking friends, family members or work colleagues to help you with some chores or commitments. Relaxation and gentle exercise can be helpful.
- Do things you enjoy, even if you don’t really feel like doing them.
How to help a person experiencing grief and loss:
It can be difficult to know what to say or do when you’re trying to comfort someone who’s grieving. Often it’s just the simple offer of love, support and being there to listen.
- Ask how they’re feeling. Each day can be different for someone who is grieving; take the time to listen and understand what they are going through.
- Talk about everyday life too. Their loss and grief do not have to be the focus of all your conversations.
- Ask them how you can help. A few home cooked meals, doing the shopping, or perhaps offering to go walking or do something enjoyable with them can all help someone through their grief.
- Encourage them to seek professional support if their grief does not seem to be easing over time.
If grief is becoming too overwhelming for you or someone you know get help by talking to a psychologist, GP or counsellor. You can also reach out to Griefline, a free 24/7 phone counselling service: 1300 845 745