Ways to Gradually Add Fun to the Life of a Grieving Person

Ways to Gradually Add Fun to the Life of a Grieving Person

Grief is a painful thing to handle.

To properly take care of your friends and family members in grief you should first empathize and then try to take extra steps toward revitalizing their lives.

There are many ways to gradually add fun into the life of a grieving person like getting them to go hiking which has been touted as having very healing effects on grieving people.

You could suggest a vacation that offers a change of pace and environment as well as creates a chance to connect with others.

Grief therapy also helps because it involves people with the expertise to handle grief.

These are just part of a list of things to do to gradually add fun to the life of a grieving person. Read the rest of the article for more.

Grief & Loss Therapists in Colorado

Leigh Harlan, LPC

Leigh Harlan, LPC

Colorado Springs, Colorado
(719) 602-1342
Deja Howard, MSW, SWC

Deja Howard, MSW, SWC

Colorado
(719) 345-2424
Jennifer Luttman, LPC, ACS

Jennifer Luttman, LPC, ACS

Colorado
(719) 345-2424
Derek Bonds, LPC

Derek Bonds, LPC

Pueblo, Colorado
(719) 696-3439
Susan Taylor, LPCC

Susan Taylor, LPCC

Colorado
(719) 345-2424
Jacquelynne Sils, LPC

Jacquelynne Sils, LPC

Colorado
(719) 696-3439
Shannon Hamm, LPC, CCTP

Shannon Hamm, LPC, CCTP

Colorado Springs, Colorado
(719) 452-4374
Arias Gonzales, MS, LPC, NCC, EMDR-Trained

Arias Gonzales, MS, LPC, NCC, EMDR-Trained

Colorado
(719) 345-2424
Vanessa Dewitt, LCSW

Vanessa Dewitt, LCSW

Pueblo, Colorado
(719) 696-3439
Heather Comensky, LPC

Heather Comensky, LPC

Aurora, Colorado
(720) 449-4121

Suggest Grief Therapy 

The often undiluted and confusing emotions that come with grief more times than not leave people in a state far from where they normally used to be.

Some can shake off the funk by themselves but others may require external help.

Therapy is highly recommended for people who are grieving.

The help of a professional expert who has studied and has useful insight into the human experience is a lifeboat for plenty of people who may find themselves drowning in their grief.

Everyone's grief is unique to them and so is the time they take to get back some sense of balance.

The influx of entangled raw emotions when grieving is something therapists are trained to handle.

This is why recommending therapy to a loved one in mourning can help them a lot.

Therapy can help people work through their trauma, accept the loss of a loved one, work through possible feelings of guilt and build a support system that will help them cope.

The greater the inability to deal with the despair of grief, the more the need for therapy. Friends and family can do a lot, but sometimes there is only so much they can do.

Take Them Hiking 

Many believe and attest personally to the healing power of nature.

Hiking is an activity that provides a bit of fun while helping with the healing process.

Hiking clears the mind and brightens one's mood.

It can prove to be a sort of walking meditation acting as an exercise for the body and mind.

Distance and pace are not important factors for such hikes.

The important thing is getting the grieving person to do an activity that helps them.

The change of pace and environment can be quite calming and a great interlude to normalcy for a person in grief.

The serene hike environments are great incubators for reflection.

Hiking has a lot of pros.

It is fun, it helps bring some balance to a person in grief, it improves cognitive functioning, helps improve quality of sleep, helps with insomnia, eases depression, and can provide a supportive community (in the case of grieving people who opt to go as a group).

Plan a Trip With Them

Travel provides some escape from the blunt force of grief.

Travel is a great way to add fun to the life of a grieving person.

It is also healing.

Grief can call for isolation and answering such a call makes people sink deeper into grief.

Traveling comes with new experiences and adventures which can take away some of the attention a grieving person might have used to dwell on their situation.

Travel lets grieving persons change the pace of their lives for the better.

It puts them in contact with others and socialization is a good mood booster better than grief-imposed-isolation.

Traveling comes with relaxation and reflection making it a great way to add fun to the life of a grieving person.

Some travels are done to pay tribute to the memories or wishes of loved ones who have passed away.

Such travels involve going to the favorite places of loved ones or places they talked about wanting to go when they were alive.

These travels are very therapeutic.

Art Therapy can Help

Creating things had a way of being fun and lifting moods.

Art therapy provides a way to express the overwhelming pain brought on by grief.

Art therapy could be photography, dance, music, making scrapbooks, pottery, paintings, decorating things, wood and stone carving, cloth making, etc.

These things could be about a loved one or may be abstract, but either way, it is good for a person in grief.

Art therapy has always existed. Many men have channeled grief and created art(famous and unknown ones).

However, it was not until the 1940s that it became a formal practice after doctors noticed that people living with mental conditions expressed themselves with art.

This discovery lead to art therapy being tried in other ways as a healing exercise.

One does not have to have the dexterity of Picasso to take part in art therapy. There is no good or bad art in art therapy.

The goal of art therapy is expression. This hopefully translates to healing.

The lack of strict requirements is part of what makes art therapy a great way to add fun to the life of a grieving person.

Introduce Them to Movies 

A good movie can help with emotional relief and understanding.

It is an easy way to add fun to the life of a grieving person.

Good movies on grief can be used to help grieving people comprehend the feelings they are passing through.

They provide momentary distractions.

Movies on grief help most children who are going through grief and have a little handle on what to think of all the pain.

These kinds of movies help people get attuned to bottled-up emotions.

Many have confessed about such movies push them to cry their hearts out and feel better afterward having released some of their grief.

The movies need not be about grief. The most important thing is for the person in grief to enjoy it no matter the genre.

Conclusion

Grief knocks people off their saddles and leaves them in the dirt.

The best and only thing people in grief can do in this case is to dust themselves up and get back in the saddle.

This is easier said than done. But there are a few ways to gradually add fun to the life of a grieving person.

Some of the ways are grief therapy, hiking, travel, art therapy, and movies.

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