How A Death In the Family Can Revitalize Your Health

It seems that quite a few people in my life have gone through loss - some very tragic like an accident or suicide and some somewhat expected due to aging or a terminal illness. I have experienced loss recently as well when my father-in-law passed away.

When someone loses a loved one there is a lot of immediate activity between the day of their passing and the day of the funeral. After the funeral, people tend to move forward and the family of the loved one who passed may or may not move forward right away. Besides grieving and emotions surrounding the loss, there are legal and financial issues that must be taken care of. It can be a very emotionally, mentally, and physically draining time. It is definitely one of life’s greatest stressors.

If you have experienced loss, I encourage you to talk about it. Lean on trusted family and friends. Talk with your pastor. Seek a licensed professional counselor if you need help through the grief process. Spend some quiet time reflecting about how this loss is really impacting you.

I also encourage you to take a personal health inventory. I’m not just talking about your physical health here. Yes, it is good to evaluate your physical health but it is also good to assess your financial health, mental health, emotional health, and spiritual health.

Questions you might ask yourself may be:

  • When was the last time I saw a physician for a physical?
  • Am I maintaining a healthy body weight?
  • Do I eat whole grains, fruits, vegetables, and lean protein daily?
  • Am I physically active 3-5 days per week?
  • Am I getting enough sleep?
  • Am I nurturing relationships with family and friends or am I neglecting or ignoring my relationships?
  • Am I afraid to deal with past hurts and how is this really impacting me or the people I care about?
  • Do I have financial freedom or am I surrounded by debt?
  • Do I have a trust established and a will so that my family is protected if I pass away?
  • What do I believe about God?
  • How am I really handling the loss of my loved one?
  • Do I need to talk with a professional like a pastor or a licensed counselor to help me through my grief and/or past hurts?

People respond to the loss of a loved one in different ways. Asking yourself questions and taking the time to assess your overall health and well-being is just the beginning. Taking action and making the choice to work through your grief is an integral part of moving forward in a healthy productive way.

I wish you the best throughout your journey and if you have questions or aren’t sure where to begin, please do not hesitate to reach out to me at 262-358-6730 or [email protected] to start a conversation.


Warm Regards,

Dr. Jeanette



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