Grief is a natural reaction to the loss of a loved one. A compassionate funeral director can make the first few weeks easier, but for many people, the process is long and challenging. Everyone experiences grief differently; your process may be unique, but the tips below may help you cope.

How to Handle Grief

1. Understand the Process

While the stages of grief are guides to the feelings many people experience, they don’t provide a road map for processing those emotions. You may go through anger then slip back into denial, or you might not experience some stages at all. Understanding that the grieving process is not a straight line will help you deal with emotions as they arise without getting frustrated at your progress.

2. Accept Your Emotions

funeral directorAfter the loss of a loved one, you may feel bouts of anger and sadness, sometimes in rapid succession. Trying to suppress these feelings only prolongs the grieving process and adds to the pressure you’re under. Instead, accept that these feelings are normal and deal with each of them in turn.

3. See a Professional

While friends and family members can provide vital emotional support, a professional therapist can provide the tools to cope in the long term. Your funeral director can help recommend a trusted therapist or guide you toward group counseling sessions, which allow you to express yourself with others who are going through a similar situation.


Since 1898, the funeral directors at Shirley Brothers Mortuaries & Crematory have been helping families throughout Indianapolis, IN, celebrate the lives of lost loved ones. They understand how complicated the grief process can be, so they offer 24-hour online support and an extensive network of counseling services to help grieving family members move on. Visit their website to learn more about their grief and healing services, follow their Twitter for helpful tips and advice, and call (317) 897-9606 to speak with a caring funeral director.