Tips for Seniors Experiencing Loss and Grief

Not many groups of people know more about grief and bereavement than seniors. They have lost many family members and friends throughout the years. Many are even grieving the loss of a spouse.

Grief can cause depression, loss of appetite, sleep problems, decreased memory or concentration, guilt, anger and more. It can even have an impact on the immune system, decreasing seniors’ tolerance to the flu, colds and more.

There are many things seniors, or anyone experience grief, can do to try to feel better.

1. Spend time with your friends and family members.

One of the best things you can for yourself during this time is to seek companionship. Talk to your friends or family members, or just spend quiet time together going for a walk or playing a game of cards. Or venture out with someone and take a drive to a relaxing place, such as the beach or a park.

2. Take care of yourself.

While grieving, people often put their needs on the back burner. It is important to eat regularly, sleep enough and get daily exercise.

3. Keep your mind busy.

Take up a hobby, read a book or volunteer.  Many people find that staying busy is one of the best ways to cope with grief.

4. Join a bereavement support group.

Spending time with people who are going through the same thing you are can be tremendously helpful.  There are bereavement support groups in almost every city.  If you can’t find one, ask your doctor if he can point you in the right direction.

5. Seek therapy.

If you are finding it difficult to get through the day (or night), don’t hesitate to find a grief therapist. Talking to a professional counselor can help you get through the rough moments, and a counselor can often offer tips of how to deal with the grief and sadness you may be experiencing.

Remember although it feels like you are all alone, you aren’t. There are many people who have experienced the same feeling you are feeling. Don’t be afraid or embarrassed to reach out for help!