Nine Simple Practices to Embrace Joy

Grieve Losses

Young woman offering support to a grieving friend

In our fast-paced world when we experience loss we want to quickly brush over it and move on. When a loved one, a job, a house or a relationship is lost, let yourself grieve it. Elizabeth Kubler-Ross studied the stages of dying in terminally ill patients. They experienced a process of denial, anger, bargaining, depression and arrived at acceptance. These steps also apply to how we cope with the loss of jobs, homes and most anything of emotional value. By being conscious of it, it’s easier to understand our feelings and accept. Don’t bury the hurt and pretend it’s not there. Don’t wallow in it either. Face the feelings. Honor the person, situation or thing that is gone. Acknowledge where you are at in the process of grief. Allow the feelings to surface and then let go.

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