There is no medical prescription for dealing with death. Similarly, there is no set time frame for completing the grieving process. For some individuals, grief will be a life altering change. Religious affiliations will often suggest certain coping techniques that can assist in dealing with the loss of a loved one. For example, Jewish families wear kriah. Do not hesitate to ask your religious leader for assistance on how to deal with death. They are used to answering these types of questions.
It can be difficult to learn how to go about your life without the presence of a loved one. There is no set amount of time for the adjustment period. Common feelings that you may experience during this time include anger, shame, guilt, anxiety, sleeplessness, and regret. These feelings are normal, and as the grieving process runs its course, they will begin to dissipate naturally. What is not normal are thoughts of hurting yourself or uncontrollable bouts of anger. If you are experiencing such reaction, then you need to seek professional help.
Having a support system in place is going to be essential to effectively deal with the loss of a loved one. Gather friends and family members around you as needed. While having these people around you will not replace the loss of your loved, it can begin to assist you in accepting your loss. Consider holding a memorial for your loved one. Many mourners often derive strength from being able to grieve with others. The more that you begin to involve yourself in other activities, the easier your transition to a life without your loved one will be.
If you feel that you need additional assistance, consider looking for a grief or bereavement support group. Your pastor or local religious leader should be able to provide recommendations for such counseling and such groups, as can most funeral homes. Many people find grief counseling to be quite beneficial.
Regaining control over your life after the loss of a loved one is a step by step process, and it can be quite a difficult task. Remember that no one is asking you to forget the deceased, but your loved one would not have wanted you to stop living because of their death. Remember them and honor their memory through how you live your life.