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How can I cope with losing my spouse?

If you have lost a loved one, please accept our sincerest condolences. Below is a list of tips that may help you during this difficult time:

  • Be good to yourself.
  • Eat right and avoid too much alcohol, drugs, caffeine, sugars and tobacco.
  • Exercise regularly.
  • Maintain a regular schedule and get out of the house now and then.
  • Cry.
  • Answer the mail and condolence letters. It’s part of the healing process.
  • Start a personal journal.
  • Join a support group.
  • Deal with emptying drawers and closets. It may be helpful to have someone with you who is understanding and can share your memories or stories, but don’t let someone else do this for you.
  • Avoid hasty decisions. Wait a year before selling the house, moving or making any major purchases.
  • Allow yourself time to get some things done. If it’s hard to do, or a decision is difficult to make, then wait. You will know when the time is right.

 

 

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