Learning to live in the "New Normal"

“My normal life isn't the same anymore.” Have you ever caught yourself saying this over these past months? After your loss, it is difficult to re-enter life in the routines and activities of a normal day. 

You might find yourself thinking things like, “I wish life could be as it was for me back then.” These feelings are commonly reported among those who are grieving. But unfortunately, life has changed. You have changed. 

"Courage doesn't always roar. Sometimes courage is the quiet voice at the end of the days saying, "I will try again tomorrow." – Mary Anne Radmacher 

Finding hope in the midst of grief: 

Begin to think about what a day will look like when you no longer are grieving. This mental picture may be difficult for you to come up with at first, but strive to describe a day in detail with no grief. How will you know specifically that grief is over for you? 

Begin to take small steps forward to work these details out in your life. Hope grows with each small step you take. When you feel the time is right, change your focus to looking forward to your future rather than looking back. 

"The difference between stumbling blocks and stepping stones is how you use them." – Unknown