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How can I cope with grief after a loss of a spouse?

Losing a spouse is profoundly tragic, especially when the loss is caused by another person's negligence. Along with practical issues like arranging the funeral and settling medical debt, the remaining spouse will also experience a wide range of emotional and psychological effects. To better deal with these effects, Very Well Mind recommends the following tips. 

Your surrounding social network is crucial at this time. Seek out support from friends and family when you're feeling low, even if you'd prefer to remain isolated. If you lack a social network or feel uncomfortable spending time with friends you shared with your spouse, you should look for other outlets for socialization. For example, grief support groups add a lot of value to people reeling from the loss of a loved one. You can also pursue beloved hobbies or interests, which will introduce you to new people.

Keep in mind that grieving can be a profound, protracted experience. It might feel like you're not progression normally or that you should be in a better place by this point, but do your best to keep those feelings at bay. All people experience grief in unique ways, and holding yourself to unreasonable standards will only make you feel more alone. Let your feelings run their course, but be cautious about unconstructive or unhelpful forms of grief.

If you feel as though it would have been better if you died alongside your spouse, or that your life is now without purpose, you should seek out professional mental health assistance. Intense feelings of guilt or having issues navigating everyday life also signals a more complicated grieving process. These feelings can easily lead to issues with anxiety or depression, which require professional intervention to ensure you remain physically and mentally healthy. 

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