A grieving man on the benchYour other half doesn’t necessarily have to be your romantic partner. It could be the best friend you’ve had since you were still wearing diapers, a person you met in college who has been your partner in crime since then, the sibling who has gotten you out of trouble time and again or the parent who stood by you no matter what.

Whoever you consider your other half to be, losing them can be indescribably painful. You might be in denial at first or you might pretend they’re just away for a while, but that doesn’t always help.

Here are some ways you can make grieving their loss a little easier:

Enter a bereavement program

According to Hospice of the Calumet Area, each person experiences grief in his or her own way and at their own pace. As facilities offering bereavement programs understand that your grief journey is unique, they offer extensive choices that may help you out. A support group might be what you need or maybe short-term counseling and telephone support are what can help you feel better.

Don’t be hesitant about bereavement programs, though. While nobody might know exactly what you’re feeling, everyone goes through loss and they will help you out.

Do something you both dreamed of

On the other hand, you could so something you and your other half have always wanted to. It could be something as simple as growing a cherry blossom bonsai tree from the seed or as action-packed as a helicopter adventure.

Other than being a distraction, doing this allows you to fulfill your loved one’s dream. And hopefully, that sentiment will make you feel better.

Losing someone you love is a tough pill to swallow, but remember that you have a life of countless opportunities ahead of you and they don’t want you wasting that.