How To Deal With The Sudden Loss Of Your Spouse

This is a subject that people don’t want to talk about because nobody wants to believe that it could happen. Losing a loved one is always hard but if it’s an aging relative that lived a full life, you can at least find comfort in the fact that you enjoyed your time with them and they were allowed to achieve all of the things that they wanted to. But losing a spouse is often the hardest thing because that person that you relied on for everything is suddenly gone. They are your partner in life and now you have to continue on your own without them and that’s a really tough adjustment to make, especially if they were taken from you early. 

The important thing to remember is that they would want you to keep moving forward and learn to be happy again. It’s always going to be a long process and getting over something so devastating is never going to be easy, but there is life after the loss of a spouse, you just need to learn how to find it. These are some of the most important pieces of advice that you need after the loss of a spouse.

Manage Your Finances

In the days and weeks following the loss of your spouse, money is going to be the last thing on your mind. Unfortunately, we have to be practical sometimes and financial difficulties are very common in this situation. If you were both working, your income is going to be halved suddenly. But if your spouse was working while you stayed home to take care of the family, your entire household income will be gone and you need to find a way to make sure that your family are still provided for.

The first step is to claim any financial help that you are entitled to. This is why it’s a good idea to take out a life insurance policy for you and your spouse because that money will be a lifeline right now. If your spouse was involved in a fatal accident and you think that somebody else was to blame, you should contact a wrongful death attorney and see if they think that you have a case. You can get justice for your spouse and also get a payout that will make it easier to manage your finances.

Claiming some money will help you for a while, but you will need to start budgeting well and thinking about the future. It may be the case that you have to make some difficult decisions about your living situation to cut costs, like downsizing your house, for example.

Take Care Of Your Physical Health

In the weeks and months following the loss of your spouse, it’s very important that you pay attention to your mental health but it’s equally important that you look after your physical health. It’s easy to fall into bad habits and people often find that they lose their appetite and they have trouble sleeping. These things will have an impact on your physical health which, in turn, makes your mental health harder to manage. It’s difficult, but you need to try to get into good habits like eating well and sleeping properly, otherwise, you’ll feel a lot worse.

Consider Your Social Life

Maintaining a social life after a loss like this can be tough, especially when it’s a spouse. If you both spent time together with a lot of other couples, it can be difficult for you to attend those kinds of events on your own. It’s best to be honest with your friends and let them know that going to couples events is too hard for you right now and you would prefer to meet friends one on one. You also need to be prepared for the fact that friends might not know how to act around you or what to say. It can be frustrating when people say the wrong thing, but you have to recognize that they aren’t intentionally trying to upset you and they’re trying their best. The most important thing is that you don’t shut friends out because spending time with people that you care about is important when you’re going through a difficult time.

Seek Support

You can’t do this on your own and you need to seek support. Friends and family are a good place to find that support but they don’t always understand what you’re going through. It’s a good idea to find a grief counsellor and meet with them regularly. There are also support groups where you can find others that are going through a similar situation. Meeting with people that understand your experience will be a big help.

Dealing with the loss of a spouse is always going to be hard and the thing that you need more than anything is time. But if you follow this advice, you will find it easier to keep going and start to enjoy life again.

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  1. This would ba nightmare. I had a fiance die but right after we broke up. Heartbreaking