If you don’t know, my Grandfather- I called him Papaw- passed away almost 2 weeks ago now. He was 91 years old and it wasn’t really expected.
In all honesty, it’s been tough. I haven’t cried much but it’s left me in a daze. Going through each phase of grief is different for everyone and different with each loved one.
And not only are we grieving the loss of him, but also his home. Since my grandmother passed away 3 1/2 years ago and they rented their home for 40-some years, we are now left to get everything divided and out of the house. Which was so much harder than I thought. That house was so much- a place where we felt love, ate family dinners, visited on Thanksgiving and Christmas Eve, celebrated life and each other. Now, we have to leave that place. For some reason-this is what’s hitting me the hardest right now. Not that the passing of my Grandfather isn’t- it is- I just know he’s so much better and happier in heaven.
We had had a rough month and then he passed away=stress city.
My nutrition and exercise went right out the window-I know i’ll get back to it consistently. I’m trying to not stress about it since that will just make it harder on me physically and psychologically when I get back to it. But I’m doing my best at making meals at home, drinking my Shakeology, and choosing to be active and healthy whenever possible. Stress makes an old neck/shoulder injury flare up so I’ve been focusing on stretching/rehabbing that for a few days.
Grief puts things on hold, makes long days even longer, makes Holidays….I don’t even know how to explain that. I do know that being with family and friends makes me feel so much better. I also know that sometimes I just need to sit and think.
I hate to be sad, so I have to keep telling myself this is temporary. I/we will get through this as a family. Talking. Reminiscing. Hugging. Crying. Praying. Journaling. All things that will help us through this period.
What are your tips for dealing with the loss of a loved one?