Finding Meaning In Life After Loss: Tips And Strategies

Life is full of ups and downs. Sometimes, the downs can be so difficult that they leave you feeling hopeless and lost. If this has happened to you recently, it’s important to find meaning in your life again in order to move forward. 

Finding meaning during a time of loss
Finding meaning in life after loss is a journey that requires self-reflection and purposeful action.
Building a support system after loss can make a big difference in coping with grief.
Self-care is an important aspect of coping with grief and finding purpose after loss.
Overcoming grief and finding purpose takes time, patience, and self-compassion.
Seeking support from loved ones and professionals can be a helpful part of the grieving process.

Here are some tips for finding meaning after loss:

Create A Plan Of Action

Now that you have a clear idea of what kind of life you’d like to lead, it’s time to make a plan. What are the specific steps you need to take in order to achieve your goals and make them happen? Write them down. 

Make a list of all the things that need done and prioritize one at a time. If you’re struggling with multiple priorities at once, try writing lists for each priority so that they don’t all get jumbled up together in your mind!

Once all of your plans are written down and prioritized, start scheduling out when they will be completed by using something like Google Calendar or Outlook Calendar (depending on which one works best for you). 

This will help keep everything on track and allow everyone involved including yourself to see how far along each task has gone so far, which helps keep motivation up when things get tough.

“Finding purpose after a loss is not about forgetting or moving on, but about discovering a new normal. Our guide on discovering your new normal offers tips and strategies to help you navigate this journey.” – Discovering Your New Normal: Finding Meaning After a Loss

Create Specific And Measurable Goals

Don’t just say you want to “be happy.” Be specific about what makes you happy, whether it be a certain type of person or activity or thing. 

For example: I want to find someone who will love me for who I am and support my dreams, rather than trying to change me into someone else (or worse, their idea of what they think I should be).

Don’t just say you want to “find meaning in life after loss.” What specifically would make it more meaningful? 

For example: When my best friend died unexpectedly at age 25 from a drug overdose after years of struggling with addiction, it felt like all the hope for her had been ripped out of my heart along with her last breath… but then something amazing happened! 

A series of coincidences led me down a path where everything came together perfectly—and now I feel truly grateful every day!

GoalDescriptionMeasurable Outcome
Learn a new skill or hobbySet aside time each week to practice a new skill or hobby, such as painting or playing an instrument.Be able to demonstrate the skill or hobby and show progress over time.
Volunteer for a causeFind a cause that resonates with you and dedicate time each month to volunteering.Track the hours volunteered and the impact made on the cause.
Set fitness or health goalsMake a plan to exercise regularly, eat healthier, or reduce stress.Measure progress through fitness milestones or physical measurements.

Start A Journal

One way to begin finding meaning in life after loss is to start a journal. It can be therapeutic, and it’s a great way to express your feelings. 

You may find that writing down your thoughts is helpful for you; it can help you remember the good times you’ve shared with the person who passed away and/or help with feeling connected to them as well.

“Reflection is a powerful tool for finding purpose and meaning after a loss. Take the time to reflect on your journey and discover new insights. Check out our guide on the power of reflection to learn more.” – The Power of Reflection: Finding Purpose After a Loss

Re-Connect With Those Who Love You

Your loved ones are the people who will be there for you and help you through this difficult time. You may need to let them know that it’s okay to ask how they’re doing, and it’s okay if they can’t give an answer just yet. 

If you’re feeling any of these emotions, it might be a good idea to talk about them—or at least get some time alone together so that everyone can have some quiet time and space from each other until things feel less overwhelming.

Don’t forget about yourself! Take care of yourself by getting enough sleep, eating healthy meals, exercising regularly and participating in activities that make you feel good (like reading or going out with friends). 

It may take some experimentation before finding something that makes you feel better, but eventually there will be an activity or routine that helps lift your moods when they start dipping too low after loss.”

Volunteer Your Time

Volunteering is a great way to feel like you are giving something back to the world. It has been found that volunteering can benefit your health and well-being, as well as helping you feel more connected to the community around you.

The benefits of volunteering include:

  • Increased self-esteem
  • Better mental health
  • More social connection

“Overcoming grief and finding purpose is a journey that requires courage, patience, and self-care. Our guide offers tips and strategies to help you on this journey.” – Overcoming Grief and Finding Purpose After a Loss

Practice Mindful Living

Mindfulness is the art of living in the moment. It’s about being present and aware of your thoughts, feelings, emotions, and actions all at once.

In order to practice mindfulness you need to first identify what makes you happy what brings joy into your life? Is it spending time with family? Or maybe running on a local trail? Whatever floats your boat! 

Once you’ve identified that one thing that brings you joy then it’s time to make it a regular part of your daily routine. By doing this often enough it will become second nature for you; making it easier for the rest of us too!

Live In The Present

Here’s a simple way to stop ruminating about the past: Think about all of the things you can see and hear right now. What are they? What do they look like? Where are they located in relation to one another? How big are they? What color is each thing? 

How does it feel against your skin as you touch it, if at all? Is there anything else you noticed while noticing these things maybe an unexpected odor, or a sound that seemed out of place when compared with all the other sounds around you.

Keep going until there’s nothing left but awareness itself! If this exercise feels too intense for you right now, try writing down everything that pops into your head about what’s happening now instead of thinking about it actively (which might result in getting lost once again). 

Once this becomes easier for some reason or another (perhaps because doing so allows us greater control over our thoughts), we may begin making some interesting observations such as How Many Times We Tend Towards Distraction Every Day–And Why.

Practice mindfulnessSpend time each day focusing on the present moment and acknowledging your thoughts and emotions without judgment.
MeditationSet aside a few minutes each day to sit in silence or focus on your breath.
Avoid distractionsLimit the amount of time spent on social media or other screens, which can distract from the present moment.

Take Care Of Yourself

In order to find meaning in your life, you need to take care of yourself. This may seem obvious, but it’s easy to forget when you’re dealing with emotional trauma. 

You shouldn’t make promises that you know you can’t keep; don’t be afraid to ask for help from family members and friends who are willing to lend a hand; don’t be afraid of saying no if someone asks too much from you at an inappropriate time; don’t be afraid of asking for changes in plans so that they work better for everyone involved; and don’t overcommit yourself because doing so might cause irreparable damage later on down the road.

You should also ask yourself whether or not there is anything else that needs addressing within the immediate aftermath of your loss before moving forward on this journey towards recovery: Were there any financial issues? Did anyone else need help? What kind? Did they accept it if offered? Do I need counseling or therapy now more than ever before? 

These questions will help guide us through our grieving process as well as help us find meaning once again after loss has taken place.”

“Finding hope after the loss of a loved one is a process that takes time, but it is possible. Our guide offers tips and strategies to help you find hope and healing on your journey.” – Finding Hope After the Loss of a Loved One

Don’t Put Yourself At Risk For Injury

Don’t engage in risky behavior. If you’re feeling depressed, your judgment can be impaired, which means that taking on a new physical challenge may not be the best idea. 

It’s also important to realize that your body may not respond as well as it used to (if at all). If you are injured and/or need medical attention, getting hurt will only compound whatever emotions you’re already experiencing.

Don’t try to be a hero; ask for help when needed. If there is someone who would support and comfort you during this difficult time, reach out to them and let them know what they can do for you even if just being there is enough!

Don’t put yourself in dangerous situations or take risks that could lead to injury or death by suicide such as using drugs or alcohol excessively, running away from home without telling anyone where they’ll be going (especially if they don’t have anywhere else safe), driving recklessly while under the influence of drugs/alcohol/medication…etcetera…

Be Open To Possibilities

If you’re going through a tough time, it can be easy to close yourself off to new opportunities. Don’t do this! Instead, be open to the possibilities that are out there.

Be open to trying new experiences and meeting new people. Be open to seeing things from a different perspective. 

Be open to considering alternative ways of thinking about things (even if they seem crazy or impossible). 

And be open for anything else that might come along your path… even if it seems too good (or too bad) to be true!

Try new thingsMake a conscious effort to try things outside of your comfort zone or routine.
Embrace changeRecognize that change can lead to growth and new opportunities.
Practice optimismLook for the positive aspects of any situation and remain hopeful for the future.

Cultivate Gratitude

When you’re feeling down and out, it can be hard to find reasons to be grateful. But the truth is that we all have things going for us whether it’s a family member or friend who loves us, an opportunity to pursue a dream job, or simply the chance to make it through another day. 

Gratitude is one of the most powerful tools for finding meaning in life after loss because it reminds you that even though your loved one isn’t physically present anymore, there’s still so much good in your life.

It’s also important to remember that gratitude has both an immediate and long-term effect on how happy people are with their lives. 

In fact, studies show that cultivating more gratitude can improve well-being over time by increasing happiness levels up until age 75!

“Coping with the loss of a loved one is never easy, but there are steps you can take to help you navigate this journey. Our guide offers 10 tips to help you cope with the loss of a loved one.” – 10 Tips for Coping With the Loss of a Loved One


The fact is, your grief journey will be a unique experience. You can’t force yourself to feel better; you have to allow yourself to go through the stages of grief and healing at your own pace. 

Know that it doesn’t matter how long this takes or what form it takes you’ll get there, and in the meantime, here are some tips for finding meaning in life after loss.

Further Reading

Here are some additional resources you might find helpful:

How to Find Meaning in Life: A Guide for Those Feeling Lost: This guide offers tips and strategies for finding meaning in life, including identifying your values and passions, setting goals, and finding purpose.

Coping with Grief and Loss: Support for Grieving and Bereavement: This comprehensive guide offers information on coping with grief and loss, including understanding the grieving process, self-care strategies, and seeking support.


What is the grieving process?

The grieving process refers to the emotional and psychological journey that a person experiences after a loss. It typically involves a range of emotions, including shock, denial, anger, sadness, and acceptance.

How long does the grieving process last?

The grieving process is different for everyone and can last anywhere from a few weeks to several years. It is important to allow yourself time to grieve and to seek support if needed.

What are some self-care strategies for coping with grief?

Self-care strategies for coping with grief include taking care of your physical health through exercise and healthy eating, practicing relaxation techniques such as meditation or yoga, and engaging in activities that bring you joy and comfort.

How can I support a loved one who is grieving?

You can support a loved one who is grieving by listening to them, offering practical help such as running errands or cooking meals, and simply being present with them. It is important to be patient and understanding, and to respect their unique grieving process.

When should I seek professional help for my grief?

If your grief is interfering with your daily life or lasting longer than usual, it may be helpful to seek professional help. A therapist or counselor can provide support and guidance as you navigate the grieving process.