Tips on Caring For Yourself After a Loss

The First 24 - 48 Hours:

  • Stay hydrated and rest when you’re able.

  • Try to eat something nutritious if possible. You may have an upset stomach—that is normal. Try to eat small amounts of gentle food or perhaps a smoothie if chewing is too much.

  • Periods of physical activity alternated with relaxation may help alleviate some of your physical reactions.

  • Identify people in your life who may be able to help with logistical tasks.

  • Don’t be afraid to ask for help.

  • Stress and grief affect memory and concentration—write reminders, make lists of questions or things you need to do, leave yourself extra time to get places, etc.

And Beyond:

  • Educate yourself about common grief reactions to help normalize and validate your experience.

  • Try to avoid any additional big life changes.

  • Be cautious of using drugs or alcohol to numb the pain.

  • Be kind and compassionate to yourself.

  • Listen to your body; if you need to cry, yell, sleep, eat, etc. - do it!

  • Reach out for help as needed. Talk to a friend, grief counselor, pastor, or look at a reputable grief website or engage with someone else you trust.

  • Remember, you're the expert on what grief feels like for you. It's okay to say "no" to suggestions or advice from others.