Helping Yourself Socially
When we loose a loved one the relationships we shared with other people can change. This can cause additional feelings of loss as others who are grieving may pull away, or friend and family do not meet support expectations. In the case of a loss spouse, the couple relationship no longer exists. Being single often changes relationship dynamics as well.
David A. Penny
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Rebuilding Your Social Support Network
After death and tragedy our social needs can change. People pull away, we change, and our circumstances change. Here are some tips to help you rebuild or add to your existing social support group.
- Join a church or religious group
- Join a grieving support group
- Get involved in an online group where you can reach out and help support others
- Befriend others who are going through trials and be a support to them
- Be understanding and forgiving of the errors and oversights that existing support members will make.
- Be open and honest with existing support members without being overly demanding
- Repair relationship with family and friends
- Develop a hobby and share it with someone
- Volunteer at Service organizations or in the schools
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