How Do I Deal With The Passing Of My Sister?FeelingsHow Do I Deal With The Passing Of My Sister?<div class="ExternalClass522474BC4CA14007B8C3217D2C69540A"><p>​<span style="font-size:12pt;font-family:"times new roman", serif;">I have a lot on my mind but one thing I’m really dealing with is the passing of my sister which will make a year next month and I don’t think that I’ve truly grieved about her passing. I have a lot of other things bothering me but I feel like that is the biggest one because everything else that I’m dealing with my sister helped me through so now that she is gone all of it is just hitting me really hard. I feel lost and out of place and I just want to figure out how to release some of the things that I’ve been holding in for so long. </span><br></p></div><div class="ExternalClassB197B5711DCA4284998D08B27384BF50"><p>​First, thank you so much for reaching out. This is not an easy conversation to have but you are showing your strength in reaching out anyway. That's pretty fantastic.</p><p>Grief has many stages for all of us, but they never seem to follow the same order for any one person. It can ebb and flow depending on the season, the anniversary, or sometimes no reason at all. When the pain of that loss hits, how do you cope with it? One suggestion we can make is called <a href="/Pages/tip-shoe-box-therapy.aspx?Topic=Grief">Shoe Box Therapy</a>. It is important to give yourself permission to grieve and feel how you feel in order to move past that hurt. </p><p>Creating a memory box (or shoe box) is just one way of several <a href="/Pages/4-Ways-To-Ease-Grief.aspx?Topic=Grief">Ways to Ease Grief</a>. Talking to people you trust about how you feel, writing a letter to the one you've lost, and sharing memories are other ways to help ease that hurt. </p><p>You also mentioned that this is just one of many things on your mind. It sounds like your sister was a big support for you when you had to face times of stress. It can be difficult to find someone else to talk with when she was your go to person. For now, while you are working on forming new supportive relationships, our hotline is always available. We will be here for you when you want to talk. <br></p><p>​Take care-<br></p><p>Addison, Counselor <br></p></div>20

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