See if you are able to watch a livestream service
Many funeral homes now offer livestreaming services so that loved ones can be a part of the service, near or far. If you are unable to travel to the funeral service, this is a popular alternative. Closure is important for processing grief. Even watching on your computer at home safely will help you in your grief journey.
Hold a private memorial service
If you are unable to hold a physical funeral service, you could hold a private and personal service at home. Printing photos to share, cooking their favourite recipe, writing a eulogy, or planting a flower or tree in their honour are some ideas to start with. Many people hold private services while they wait until they are able to have a physical service.
Talk it out
Struggling with grief when you can’t be around your friends and family is difficult and you are not alone. Needing support is only natural as we are all trying to navigate these times together. Reach out to your friends and family, chances are somebody you know is going through their grief journey as well. There are also many free online counselling and bereavement services if you would prefer to speak to a professional.
Try creative self-therapy
If talking with somebody else doesn’t feel right, try processing your emotions on your own. There are so many different ways to do this, and there’s sure to be a way that works for you. You could try journalling for 30 days, reading books or articles about grief or creating a scrapbook, to name a few. Activities that keep both your mind and your hands busy can provide a creative outlet for grief.
Take care of yourself
When we are grieving, small tasks that once felt easy can feel increasingly difficult. If you aren’t able to have friends and family around to support you, it’s important to take care of yourself. Not getting enough food, water, and sleep are all common amongst grieving people. Creating a healthy routine will help ensure that your basic needs are being met, and also keep your mind occupied.
Hopefully these ideas will help you along your grief journey. If you have any questions or concerns, please get in touch with our friendly team. Whatever the circumstances might be, we are here to help