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Self-Care While Grieving

“Self-care is never a selfish act – it is simply good stewardship of the only gift I have, the gift I was put on earth to offer to others. Anytime we can listen to the true self, and give it the care it requires, we do so not only for ourselves but for the many others whose lives we touch.” – Parker Palmer

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Apr 30, 2020

Holistic Approach to Self-Care While Grieving

Self-care is the holistic approach to caring for yourself physically, intellectually, socially, spiritually, and emotionally.

The following coping strategies are some of the ways that you can practice self-care when grieving.

Physical Care

  • Exercise to relieve stress
  • Eat a healthy diet
  • Drink more water
  • Rest when needed

Emotional Care

  • Write about your feelings
  • Cry when you feel like crying
  • Use creative ways to express feelings
  • Art
  • Music
  • Dance

Intellectual Care

  • Read short articles or books
  • Avoid major changes the first year if possible
  • Delay making major decisions for the first year if possible
  • Read literature to educate yourself about grief and loss

Social Care

  • Socialize with people who are supportive of your grief process
  • Ask for and accept help when offered
  • Give yourself permission to withdraw when needed
  • Email, text, or call supportive people

Spiritual Care

  • Schedule quiet time for reflection each day
  • Listen to a guided meditation
  • Pray
  • Connect with nature
  • Visualize yourself in a peaceful place


We can help. Call the Grief Counseling Center in High Point at 336.889.8446 or in Asheboro at 336.672.9300 during regular business hours and ask to speak with our bereavement team.