How do you deal with losing someone through estrangement?

Losing someone to estrangement can be an incredibly painful experience, and it's important to recognize that this type of loss is just as real and valid as any other.
By illume Editorial Team
Last updated: May 8, 2023
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In this blog, Julia Samuel shares her advice on how to cope with this type of grief.

Acknowledge the loss

It’s important to recognize that losing someone to estrangement is a real loss, even though the person is still alive. While it may not be the same as losing someone to death, it is still a significant loss that deserves recognition. Take the time to acknowledge your feelings and allow yourself to grieve their absence.

Answer the tough questions

To process your feelings, ask yourself tough questions about the loss. What does this mean to you? What did the relationship mean to you? Answering these questions can help you understand the depth of grief and work through emotions.

Support yourself

Dealing with any grief can be challenging, but it’s especially important to support yourself when dealing with the loss of someone to estrangement. This can include reaching out to friends and family for support, seeking the help of a therapist or counsellor, or practising self-care activities like exercise or meditation.

Remember that healing is a process

Grieving is a process, and there’s no set timeline for healing. Remember that it’s okay to feel a range of emotions and that healing takes time. Be patient and take the time you need to work through your feelings.

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Reach out for support now to take the first step towards soothing your pain, building your strength and healing from grief.

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