Woman in black crying while hugging a frameMost people experiencing grief after the passing of a loved one also struggle with feelings of anger. According to psychologists, anger is a normal part of the grieving process. When pain takes over life, it’s natural for people to find someone to blame for the hurt they’re experiencing. The anger is a release of the tension building up inside. If you’re struggling with this, here are healthy ways to deal with it:

1. Know the source of anger

Anger manifests for different reasons. You may be blaming yourself for not caring for your loved one enough to keep them alive. Or, you may be angry at surviving family members for choosing to move on with their lives. In most instances, anger is a complex combination of these things. That’s why it’s difficult to tame the emotion.

What you should do is break down these sources of anger. Write down these emotions. From here, you’ll see that it’s not your fault that you couldn’t sustain your relative’s life precisely because death is inevitable. You’ll soon realize that everybody goes through grief in different ways, and that your other family members may look like they’re moving on, but inside, they’re still mourning. The grief support Indiana hospice care communities provide can help you in recognizing different sources of anger.

2. Channel your energy into something else

As mentioned, anger is a product of the tension inside you. That strong energy can be redirected to something more productive. Some people channel it towards exercise, spending long hours in the gym. Aside from the outlet, they benefit from the feel-good hormones pumping in their body.

Others find an outlet in music or in art, pursuing hobbies they’ve put on hold when they cared for their dying loved one. The bottom line is find something productive that you can pour your energies into so you can release that tension brewing inside.

3. Find a confidante

There’s healing power in sharing your struggles with someone. It’s tempting to just stay at your home and bottle up emotions, but fight that urge. Reach out to your family members who have witnessed first-hand the passing of your loved one. You never know, they might be struggling with feelings of anger as well. Go together to a grief support group session. When you hear how other people responded to their relatives’ death, you will feel less alone and you’ll know how to fight the nasty feelings of loss.

Anger is part of the grieving process. But don’t let it ruin your life. Remember these tips as you mourn for your loss.