A friend recently contacted me to ask how to heal after a relative died. Her loved one was the last of his generation, and his passing left some unresolved family issues, as is true in most families.
What to do to heal your grief when a loved one dies
Expect healing to take time
Expect six months of the worst grief, then gradual healing for about two years total. Most people tell me they feel much better after the first anniversary of the death, and after the second year, most say they are back to functioning and feeling about the same as before the death. Of course, for a while to come we may find grief returning around holidays, anniversaries, …