Overcoming grief takes effort, love and patience of those around, and of the person as well.

Here are a few important steps towards regaining control of life after a loss.

1. Accept our feelings: The sooner we accept the hurt and sadness, the faster the recovery.
2. Allow time to heal: Expecting someone to bounce back immediately is unrealistic and cruel
3. Self-care: Maintaining healthy food and sleep habits is necessary
4. Express our feelings: Sharing how we feel is therapeutic, whether with family, friends or a professional
5. Accepting when we move on: Many people feel guilty if they find themselves happy after a major loss. But that is actually a healthy sign.