After losing a loved one, the sorrow can be overwhelming. You might feel like there are no solutions; no ways to help ease the pain and sadness. Our caring staff at Affordable Burials & Cremations understands that coping with the death of a loved one is no easy task. While everyone grieves in different ways and on different timelines, there are coping mechanisms that can be incorporated into your daily routine to help manage your grief.
Art – in whatever form that looks like for you – can be incredibly helpful for improving your mental health, especially following a difficult experience such as the death of a loved one. Some art forms include music, podcasts, videos, or artwork in the traditional sense. Throughout our 50+ years of serving the Toronto community, our team has learned some of the best ways to use art to help the grieving process:
Whether you enjoy creating music or listening to it, music can be beneficial for your grieving process. Maybe you want to write a song about your experiences and emotions, or to honour your loved one. If you prefer listening to music rather than creating it, you can find songs that help put words to your feelings. Sometimes it can be freeing to listen to sad, slow songs to let yourself feel your grief. We encourage you to also take time to listen to happy, upbeat music that can help give you the pick-me-up you might need to keep going.
PODCASTS AND E-BOOKS
Sometimes, listening to other people talk about their own grief experiences can serve as a reminder that you’re not alone in your pain. There are numerous podcasts dedicated to grief and coping with the loss of a loved one. You can also listen to audiobook versions of self-help books – or listen to your favourite book from when you were a child to bring comfort and remind yourself of joyful memories.
If you’re looking for something a bit more engaging, try exploring the world of videos. Head to YouTube to watch TED talks or informational videos about the grieving process. If you are looking for a show to give your mind a break, you might consider watching a TV series you’ve heard of or your favourite childhood movie.
Similar to music, artwork can be either a creative or visual event. Perhaps going to your local museum or art gallery would help to remind you of the beauty in the world. If you are a more creative-minded person, maybe it’s time to head to the store and pick up some art supplies. Paint a picture, make a scrapbook filled with memories of your loved one, or purchase a colouring book. Anything that brings you joy and provides a fun outlet during a difficult time.
Every person is unique, and as a result, every person’s grieving process will also be unique. Feel free to try some or all of these methods – there is no right or wrong way to cope with your grief. Here at Affordable Burials & Cremations, we want to help you in any way we can. Never hesitate to contact us for further support.
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