There is no formula that works for all people when it comes to dealing with loss or grief. It is all about finding what works for you, and what can help you process your emotions in a healthy manner.

It is common to feel lonely and extremely sad after losing a loved one. However, how you handle and express your feelings and grief is important. You should always remember that you are not alone, and that grief is a journey that you do not have to go through alone.

If you are looking for some insight and guidance as to how other people deal with loss, we’ve compiled articles that you must read. These people have insightful and inspiring stories that will help you feel that you are not alone, and that grief is something that can be overcome.

Finding Some Light in The Darkness of A Parent’s Death by Erica Donahue

“I can remember his silly laugh and his rosy red Irish cheeks without feeling the sadness of what we didn’t have. Instead, I focus on what we did have and those last few years when we finally had some peace together. My dad was never going to be like Father Christmas, but on every Christmas now, I can fondly remember the father he was. And, that is enough.”

This story from Erica Donohue sheds light on what it is like to lose a beloved parent during the holidays. It can be difficult to let go of a loved one and to get over the pain especially during the holidays, but this article shares how she was able to remember her dad fondly.

Coping with death: Help with grieving after loss by Julia Haskins

“Grieving can take a heavy toll on your health and wellness. While there’s no simple answer when it comes to dealing with grief, it’s possible to go on with your life in a healthy way. Even if you feel like things will never look up, know that you can cope with the pain.

Grief can look like a lot of different emotions. Sadness is common, but you may also feel anger, confusion or shock. All of these emotions are completely normal. Grief affects everyone differently, and there’s no right or wrong way to feel, as long as you’re not harming yourself or others.”

There is no right or wrong way to deal with the pain of losing a loved one. There is absolutely nothing wrong with feeling okay one day, only to feel the full loss the next day. This article by Julia Haskins sheds light on how coping with death goes beyond the emotional and mental aspect, as it can also affect one’s physical health.

Helping Children Deal With Grief by Rachel Ehmke

“After losing a loved one, a child may go from crying one minute to playing the next. His changeable moods do not mean that he isn’t sad or that he has finished grieving; children cope differently than adults, and playing can be a defense mechanism to prevent a child from becoming overwhelmed. It is also normal to feel depressed, guilty, anxious, or angry at the person who has died, or at someone else entirely.”

For families who have children that are dealing with loss as well, it is important that we know how to guide them through their emotions. Read this article to know how kids grieve differently, and how we can be able to help them process their grief and pain.

7 Ways to Prepare For Death That Will Change Your Life by Anna Almendrala

She discovered that while the goal of the prompts is to simplify a person’s final message to their loved ones, the process of writing the letter is extremely difficult. Like many others who attempt it, she went through several versions before settling on the one that best reflects her thoughts and feelings. But while it’s not simple, it is important, and Periyakoil is grateful that she is taking it on in her own life.”

In this article, there are 7 writing prompts that will help you prepare for death in the most insightful way. This is perfect for those who want to come to terms with loss, or those that are suffering from a terminal or chronic illness.

We need to talk about death: I was not prepared for how lonely grief would be by Vanessa Billy

“No one can entirely relate to the sadness and the ache caused by the loss of a loved one. They are lonely experiences. But the pain should not be compounded by society’s inability to deal with someone’s mourning. Most of us will acknowledge that mourning is a process which takes time. But few are actually ready to accept the responsibility that comes with it: people will not simply “get over it” with time, the experience of loss will change them deeply and forever.”

For those that have never experienced losing a close loved one, it is hard to imagine just how painful death can be. This beautiful piece of writing is raw, and can help those who think that they are grieving the wrong way.