In the wake of the deadliest shooting in American history, the Orlando community has started the healing process. One thing is for certain, above all else, is that we will band together and survive this tragedy. There are more things that bring us together than drive us a part. One universal experience that unites human beings from all walks of life is the experience of grief.
In short, grief is defined by a great sorrow that is usually the result of someone’s death or a traumatic event. In our Central Florida community, many lost friends, family members and loved ones. As we begin to make sense of this senseless act of terror, its important to understand that grief is a process; a process that takes times and energy. Consider these important points:
Mindfulness Meditation– Studies have shown that daily meditation can help process grief. For more information about how to conduct mindfulness meditation specialized for grief, watch this video.
There will be ups and downs- Good days and bad days are all part of grief. Feeling like you are on an emotional rollercoaster is normal. Expect highs and lows. Be gentle with yourself as you ride the waves of grief; it doesn’t always have a beginning, middle, and end.
Eat Mindfully- Intense emotion and grief can wreck your eating habits. Be sure to eat mindfully. Some people can’t stomach food, while others eat excessively when they are sad.
Life Continues- The bills don’t stop coming, your responsibilities will not take a back seat to your grief. Much like a divorce or sudden lost, it is important to stay organized and be on top of your commitments.
Get up and move- Exercise has both emotional and physical benefits. Be sure to exercise during times of sadness.
Lean on your support system- Reach out to people you know and trust. Talking with others is a healthy way to process your grief.
Don’t beat yourself up, healing takes time- make a checklist of goals related to your grief. Become organized and resilient, even if some days you have no interest in accomplishing anything.
At the Kendrick Law Group our attorneys regularly work with individuals and families who are experiencing major grief. While it is not easy, processing your grief in a healthy way can be done. Whether it be a divorce, death of a family member, or sudden tragic community event, be sure to do all you can to remain healthy (both physical and emotionally). We encourage members of our community to find ways to give back and support Orlando as it heals though this crisis.