Volunteering is one way of working through grief because it gets you out of your own experience. Grief puts a dark cloud over life and can make you feel like you will never feel happiness or joy again, but sometimes giving back to others in your darkest time brings a touch of hope back to you.
Another suggestion is to try a new hobby or activity. Amy Sloboda, manager of the Grief Counseling Center of Hosparus Health, says while this might not be something you do immediately following a loss, it can provide a helpful shift that gets the mind focusing on other things. If you gardened or rode bikes with your loved one prior to her death, doing these activities might make you sad for a time.
Shifting just a bit by taking a flower arrangement class or practicing yoga will keep you engaged and help you until gardening or bike riding is enjoyable again and the subject of happy memories.
BY CARRIE VITTITOE
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