Kobe Bryant will continue to be an inspiration to many. He was an icon whose influence transcended beyond the world of sports. The world is still in shock following the tragedy that occurred on Sunday, the 26th.
Kobe was not just loved by friends and colleagues, the world loved him. He was a star that came up through hard work, dedication, and fierce competitiveness. His 20-year professional career with the Los Angeles Lakers featured some of the most beautiful moments of Basketball.
It’s a tough one for the world. He passed alongside his daughter who was a potential star to the game. All the world is left with are memories of an eventful career.
Coping with the loss of a loved one is one of the toughest challenges that many of us face. When we lose a loved one, we immediately feel the void left behind by the person’s absence. And it becomes very hard to fill the void and move on.
This loss is a natural part of life. The shock and confusion we feel are normal, and they can lead to sadness and depression.
It’s normal to grieve. It’s an important process in order to overcome shock and confusion, and embrace the memories of time spent with the loved one.
Here are some ways to cope with the passing of a loved one.
Accept the loss: this can be hard but you need to accept the loss to move on. Denying the loss isolates you and can be bad for your support system. Talk about the loss and the hard knot of pain will gradually loosen.
Accept the feelings and emotions: your pain, sadness, anger, and frustration make you human. The feelings and emotions are normal after the loss of a loved one. Accept these feelings as normal human reactions. Don’t go hard on yourself. Allow the tears to gradually wash the pain away. Remember that there is no right way to grieve.
Spend time with other loved ones: being in the company of those who are also going through the same process can be helpful. They understand what you are going through and can be a pillar of support for you to lean on. When you are with other loved ones, you are comforted by the thoughts that you are not alone. Together, you can go through the process knowing that you’ve got one another.
Note: if you don’t have loved ones to turn to, you can join a support group for people dealing with loss and grief. This can also provide you with the needed comfort.
See a psychologist: if you need help dealing with a loss, consult a psychologist. Psychologists are professionals trained to help you manage the fear, guilt, pain, and grief that come with the loss of a dear one. Through proven strategies, they can help build resilience and sort through the rubble to get you back on your feet.
We all have our Kobe Bryant – that special person that is no longer with us. It’s not easy but, with time, we’ll get over the pain and the grief. Reminisce over the good memories and be grateful for those you have around.