Have you ever been in a situation where someone close to you has died, and you find that you just can’t deal with it? Maybe the mere thought of death makes your heart flutter and your palms sweaty. Well, fear no more because we’ve got some tips for coping with death – all served up with a humorous twist.
Confronting Mortality: Scary Stuff!
The concept of mortality is often scary to contemplate (there, we said it). Many of us would rather not think about our eventual demise. Instead, we turn our attention towards activities that keep us distracted from such existential topics- like watching Rick and Morty on repeat or perfecting your ability to balance spoons on your nose.
It’s natural (and even healthier) than feeling stressed out or anxious when faced with questions about mortality (spooky stuff indeed!) So let’s start getting comfortable talking about death while keeping things entertaining along the way.
The Five Stages of Grief
When anyone hits an inevitable point in their lives where they lose somebody important or heavily touches by loss itself personally; people need time until one finally accepts their fate. It’s an essential stage called grief. Keep these five stages at hand and know what kind of reaction is best suited as per-stage:
This is crazy talk! No one I know could be dying!
As if life didn’t give me enough problems already.
God/Allah/Buddha/Mickey Mouse/any deity who’d listen… take anything else but him/her/them.
I don’t want/get why everyone moves on so quickly after something terrible happens?
It still hurts, but eventually will lessen over time through acceptance.
Recognizing these stages eases processing emotions but going through it is neither linear nor equal to everyone. (dealing with emotions isn’t one-size-fits-all, my friend)
Dark Humor As a Coping Mechanism
Many studies show that those who regularly consume dark humor tend to have higher intelligence and emotional control compared to those who don’t. And it’s true – laughter is the best medicine.
Common Ways We Make Light of Death
- Listen up jokesters! 2 things will happen when you die; Your body will decompose… or get cremated (so lighten up)!
- Apparently, people are okay with talking about their regrets in dying beds more than anything else except their love for others.
- “I’m not afraid of death” he said as his wife held on his arm tightly after hearing from the loudspeaker: “Flight delayed until further notice.”
Dark humor/tragic comedy works wonders because it helps alleviate pain by freeing us from heavy emotions like sadness, anxiety, fearfulness and tension of tragic occurrences.
When dealing with somber thoughts towards tragedy or painful moments as such – a little bit of laughter can go a long way.
Practical Strategies for Coping with Death
Dealing with loss can be emotionally taxing but here are some practical tips that we hope might ease up the process:
Share Thoughts With Someone Close
Talking about our thoughts and feelings aids in validating personal experiences which fosters empathy for both parties. When we listen actively,friends know they’re also heard when sharing.The importance lies in making sure your ears open wide enough instead just looking quiet during conversations better yet speak out comfortable yet nonjudgmental opinions matters most.
Nobody should have to experience everything alone–just having someone close around would help cope during bereavement stages too.
Write Letters To Your Loved One(s) Who Passed Away
Writing gets ideas straight into words than uttered out words (where vulnerability and humiliation lie) it’s also a more non-judgmental and safe form of expressing thoughts.
Even those who’ve never done one should give writing letter(s) as they explore hidden emotions which could validate ideas toward healing. (and who knows, you might just write the next great American novel)
Join A Grief Support Group or Therapy Sessions
You are not alone, my friend! You have everyone in that support group or therapy sessions with you–people who attended there had walked similar paths; hence, empathy is at its highest!
Group therapy has been proven to be effective because it provides a unique sense of community which takes some burdens off people currently mourning deaths from their families.
Losing someone close can be hard for anyone to deal with. By embracing humor, recognizing the stages of grief and practicing practical coping strategies – we start to overcome sensitive loss intervals gradually all while smiling through the tough memories made throughout our lives together.
Remember: At least death means rest someday.. right? (joking!)
Hey there, I’m Dane Raynor, and I’m all about sharing fascinating knowledge, news, and hot topics. I’m passionate about learning and have a knack for simplifying complex ideas. Let’s explore together!
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