Losing a loved one, not to mention a partner, the love of your life and the person you once connected with the most is one of the hardest things we can go through. In the later years of life, loss is understandably more common.It is the sad truth that one will eventually have to continue their journey on this earth alone. Therefore, it is essential to learn a range of coping strategies and coping mechanisms to hold onto hope during times of grief. A report from Seniors Online Victoria, devised a list of helpful interventions aimed at reducing isolation and loneliness in older Australians. Loneliness is a big issue. Even if we do not wish to find love again, you may find support, friendship and someone who understands the loss better than anyone else, someone to provide a fresh perspective and push you through your grief, and most of all a companion. The love of your life wouldn’t want you to sit back and let life pass you by, they’d only want the very best for you and ensure that you live life to the fullest. Read ahead to find out how to do as such whilst battling the trauma of grief.

Take advantage

Don’t take advantage of people in the stereotypical sense, take advantage of all life has to offer. Take advantage of the things, and facilities right at your fingertips. Take advantage of local organisations like sporting clubs and community and hobby groups. Such institutions were identified as having a major role to play in providing opportunities for social connectivity and interaction. Take advantages of the sources of happiness around you and live the life you deserve, the life your partner would want you to have, and continue on your journey of life.

Ask for help

Seeking professional support. When coping with the loss of a partner, it is always beneficial to talk with a professional counsellor. If for some reason, you are uncomfortable speaking with someone face-to-face, there are countless organisations that offer confidential calls with a trained mental health professional. It is okay to talk about how you feel, it’s okay to cry, it’s okay to be angry and it’s okay to feel hopeless, when you feel the loss, you know the love was real and that is beautiful.

Volunteer

Volunteering is also encouraged, as it is a great way to retain a sense of purpose and give back to others. With the report highlighting the power of volunteering in addressing isolation and loneliness, the act can also help replace friendships lost through retirement from work. Volunteer at your own pace and feel the breath of productivity and community support breathed back into those lungs again.

Loss is a detrimental and unfortunate part of life, but it doesn’t mean it is the end of your life. When you’re ready, start to pick up the pieces and take control of your life onecemore.

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