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Dealing with grief

How can you deal with grief?

Different people handle grief in different ways. Some ways of handling grief include:

  1. Find comfort in good memories. Looking through old photo albums is one way to do this.
  2. Stay very busy to keep your mind off of the sadness. Picking up an extra hobby is one way to do this.
  3. Talk about your loss. Some people do this naturally and easily with friends and family, while others talk to a professional therapist.
  4. Exercise every day. Sports, walking, jogging, swimming, and dancing can help you feel better.
  5. Put your feelings into words or pictures. Try writing in a journal, blogging, or drawing. If it’s hard for you to talk about your feelings, putting them on paper can help you feel better.
  6. Listen to music. Try singing along to songs that have meaning for you.

 

Content last reviewed May 18, 2010
Page last updated October 31, 2013

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office on Women's Health.

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