Overcoming Grief And Finding Purpose After A Loss

It may be hard to believe, but there is a light at the end of the tunnel. After a loss, you can feel like your life is over. Your heart aches with pain and sadness, and it’s hard to think about anything else. 

You might even wonder if there’s any hope for happiness again in this life. But there is! In fact, some people discover new ways to find meaning after losing someone special even after years have passed since that person died or moved away.

How to navigate grief the first year after loss
Grief is a natural response to loss that can involve a range of emotions and affect different aspects of a person’s life.
Coping with grief can involve seeking support from others, practicing self-care, and engaging in activities that bring joy and meaning.
There is no set timeline for grieving, and the duration of grief can vary depending on the individual and the type of loss experienced.
It’s important to understand that not everyone experiences the stages of grief in the same way or in the same order.
If you’re struggling to cope with your grief, seeking professional help from a therapist or counselor may be beneficial.

 So here are 12 tips for finding purpose after loss:

1) Take Care Of The Basics

When you are grieving, it can be easy to lose sight of the most basic things that keep you alive and well. This is especially true when you are dealing with the loss of a loved one. You might not want to eat or sleep, and your mind may be consumed by thoughts of grief and sadness.

However, if you do not take care of yourself physically during this time, it will become more difficult for your body to cope with all that is happening emotionally. 

Your health needs to be a priority because if you don’t take care of yourself physically then it will have an impact on how well you can cope mentally as well.

Take time each day to eat well-balanced meals (even if they aren’t as appetizing as they could be). 

Get enough sleep every night so that your brain has time between stressful events throughout the day where it can process everything that happened during those events; make sure there are enough hours between stressful episodes so that these episodes don’t overlap too much into each other causing confusion or memory loss about certain events from one episode versus another episode later on in life (this often happens due to lack of sleep). 

If exercising isn’t something which interests me personally then try doing something else instead such as reading which also helps clear my mind even though I find reading too boring sometimes.

“During times of grief, a support system can be a powerful source of comfort and healing. Learn more about the power of community and how it can help you through your grief journey.” – The Power of a Support System During Times of Grief

2) Be Patient With Yourself

Grief is a process that takes time to heal, but you are not broken or damaged and will get through this.

You may feel like you need to pull away from the world for a while and focus on your grief, but try to be gentle with yourself as well.

 You are not alone in this journey of healing, so reach out when you need help or support from others who have been there before (even if it feels embarrassing or weird at first).

Accept that grief is a process
Don’t rush your healing
Don’t compare your grief to others
Allow yourself to feel emotions
Seek professional help if needed

3) Talk About Your Loved One

Talk about your loved one. One of the best ways to keep your connection with your loved one alive and strong is by talking about them. It can be hard to do this at first, but as time goes on, you will find that it gets easier and more natural.

Write about your loved one or create something for them. Writing a letter or poem to share with others can be a great way for you to express how you feel about losing someone important in your life. You could also write down memories and stories from when they were alive so that their legacy lives on through others’ memories of them too!

Keep something from them in the house (like an old photo) so that it brings up happy memories every time someone sees it!

4) Ask For Help When You Need It

You may feel like you have to do this alone, but that’s not true. It’s perfectly acceptable to ask for help when you need it. 

Whether this means talking about your feelings with a friend or family member, or seeking out professional counseling services, it’s important to remember that it’s okay to let others in when needed. 

You’re not alone in this journey! If you are feeling stuck in any way and can’t find answers on your own, then let someone else take over and help you through it.

In addition to asking for help from friends and family members during moments of grief, it is also important that we look at ourselves critically as individuals who are trying their best every day even when things aren’t going well right now. 

We should nurture our own mental health first so we can better care for others around us without sacrificing our own wellbeing; otherwise we might end up burning out very quickly instead of thriving over time due various external factors outside one’s control.”

“Building a support system after experiencing loss can be a challenging but essential part of the healing process. Our guide on finding strength in community can help you navigate this difficult time.” – Finding Strength in Community: How to Build a Support System After a Loss

5) Eat Well And Try To Get Enough Sleep

Eating well, getting enough sleep and exercising regularly are all important parts of feeling well physically. It’s also important to avoid alcohol and caffeine, as these can increase anxiety or make you feel exhausted.

There’s no one-size-fits-all method for how long grief lasts, but taking the time to relax and de-stress will help you cope with the emotions that come with losing someone you loved.

6) Do Things That Make You Feel Good

When you’re feeling down, it can be hard to think about doing anything other than lying in bed. But it’s important to remember that feelings are temporary and you will eventually feel better if you keep moving forward.

If you’re not sure where to start, try these ideas:

  • Dance around your living room.
  • Listen to upbeat music while dancing or singing along with it.
  • Paint something that inspires you at the moment (or just paint your walls). It doesn’t have to be good; no one cares! The point is just to do something fun while creating something beautiful in the process.
  • Garden or plant flowers—then sit outside and enjoy them when they grow! If gardening isn’t really your thing, go for a walk or sit outside somewhere peaceful instead of watching TV all day long like I’ve been known for doing when I’m down 😉
Exercise or engage in physical activity
Spend time outdoors
Connect with friends and family
Try something new
Practice self-care activities

7) Try To Be Active Each Day

Exercise is good for the mind and body, especially when you’re going through a difficult time. Being physically active can help you sleep better, which can help you feel less depressed and stressed. Exercise also releases endorphins that will make you feel happier. 

And if you need more reasons: exercise has been shown to reduce anxiety and make people with grief symptoms more able to cope with their grief over time!

“Finding purpose and meaning after experiencing loss is a journey that can take time and effort. Our tips and strategies can help guide you on this path and bring new meaning to your life.” – Finding Meaning in Life After Loss: Tips and Strategies

8) Set A Regular Schedule For Yourself, But Give Yourself Flexibility Too

Set a regular schedule for yourself, but give yourself flexibility too. If you can schedule time for things that bring you joy, then great! But if something comes up and you need to change your plans, then do it without beating yourself up about it. 

If someone asks how they can help, be honest and open about what would actually make a difference it doesn’t have to involve doing all the work for you. 

And remember: taking care of yourself is an important part of caring for others!

9) Stay Connected With Other People And Groups Who Are Important To You

When you’re grieving, don’t isolate yourself. It can be tempting to want to hibernate and avoid the world when you’re going through a loss. However, it is important to not let your grief consume you and lead you down the path of isolation.

It may seem like the best thing to do is stay at home alone with your thoughts and memories. However, this will only make things worse because it gives your mind more time to ruminate on negative feelings such as sadness and anger that will keep dragging out this difficult process.

Instead of isolating yourself from others during this time period, try connecting with friends or family members who care about you deeply or maybe even joining an online support group for people dealing with similar losses like yours!

10) Don’t Be Afraid To Get Back Into Relationships Or Activities

You may find that you enjoy these new things more than the old ones. This can be due to a number of factors: perhaps you have more time to do them, or maybe your perspective has changed in some way because of your experience with loss.

Additionally, it’s important not to be afraid of change and growth. You can use this as an opportunity for self-exploration and discovery, which is something that many people find meaningful when grieving a loved one who has passed away.

“Self-care is an essential part of managing grief in the workplace. Our guide on the role of self-care in managing grief at work can provide you with practical tips to help you navigate this challenging time.” – The Role of Self-Care in Managing Grief at Work

11) When You’re Ready, Find A Way To Honor Your Loved One’s Memory In A Way That Feels Right For You

When you’re ready, find a way to honor your loved one’s memory in a way that feels right for you.

Memorials and tributes are often planned by family and friends of the deceased person. These can range from a formal service with music and speeches, to smaller gatherings such as birthday parties or family reunions. 

You might also want to consider creating a permanent memorial for the person who died for example, planting trees or flowers on their behalf at local parks or gardens; building benches in their honor along walking paths through parks; leaving messages of remembrance at special monuments like war memorials; donating money towards charitable causes; writing an obituary (either online or in print) that includes stories about the person’s life; etc. In many cases these types of memorials will be run by organizations designated specifically for this purpose (e.g., charities). 

If not, then it may be up to one friend or relative outside of these organizations’ jurisdiction—though don’t be afraid if someone else has already done so!

Don’t be afraid to ask for help when needed: family members may feel overwhelmed by responsibilities after losing someone dear but there are also many ways they can receive support during this difficult time for example: holding onto household tasks like cooking meals together over chatting with other relatives about shared memories.

 Don’t try doing everything on your own–this goes back again into having enough support from others so that everyone feels comfortable sharing responsibilities when needed.

Create a memorial or tribute
Participate in a charity or cause that was important to them
Light a candle or say a prayer
Write letters or messages to them
Share their story with others

While finding strength within yourself is important at any point during grieving processes, remember not being afraid getting back into relationships (or activities) even if they feel different without your loved one in them.

“Mindfulness can be a powerful tool for coping with grief and loss. Our article on 15 mindfulness techniques can help you cultivate self-awareness and find peace during this difficult time.” – 15 Mindfulness Techniques to Help You Cope with Grief

12) It May Take Some Time, But Eventually You Will Find Purpose After Loss

It may take some time, but eventually you will find purpose after loss.

Don’t give up. When the only thing that you can think about is how long it will take before you are feeling better, remind yourself that each day is a gift and an opportunity to heal and grow.

Don’t be afraid to ask for help. You cannot do this alone – no one can! Whether it be a friend, family member or professional counselor who listens and offers support, reach out when things get tough instead of holding everything inside until it becomes too much for you or someone else to handle on their own.

Don’t be afraid to get back into relationships or activities once again if they feel right for your personal healing process (especially if they were part of your life prior.) However, remember not let others set expectations for how long this should take – only you know what feels right in terms of moving forward through grief at your own pace!

Lastly: don’t be afraid to find a way honor the memory of someone dear who has passed away by doing something special in their honor whether large or small; like volunteering at an animal shelter where they loved spending time feeding dogs while waiting patiently outside during lunch hour breaks together 🙂


In the wake of a loss, it can be difficult to know how your life will move forward. It’s normal to feel numb and disoriented for a while, but it’s important to remember that grief is not permanent. 

With time and support from others, you can begin putting pieces back together and creating new ones that are more meaningful and fulfilling.

Further Reading

Here are some additional resources to help you cope with grief and loss:

Coping with Grief and Loss: This comprehensive guide provides information and strategies for coping with different types of loss, including the death of a loved one, divorce, and job loss.

Grief and Loss: The American Psychological Association provides resources on understanding grief, coping with loss, and finding support.


What is grief?

Grief is a natural response to loss. It can involve a range of emotions, such as sadness, anger, and guilt, and can affect different aspects of a person’s life.

What are the stages of grief?

The stages of grief, as identified by psychiatrist Elisabeth Kubler-Ross, include denial, anger, bargaining, depression, and acceptance. However, it’s important to note that not everyone experiences these stages in the same way or in the same order.

How long does grief last?

There is no set timeline for grieving. The duration of grief can vary depending on the individual and the type of loss experienced.

How can I cope with grief?

Coping with grief can involve a variety of strategies, including seeking support from others, practicing self-care, and engaging in activities that bring joy and meaning.

When should I seek professional help for my grief?

If you’re struggling to cope with your grief and it’s impacting your daily life, it may be helpful to seek professional help from a therapist or counselor.