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Death and Grieving Coping with loss is difficult at any age, but you are not alone during this difficult time. Reach out to other users in this forum.

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A way to remember your lost loved ones - May 10th 2017, 04:25 AM

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4 years ago I lost my little brother to sudden infant death syndrome. One of the ways that my therapist suggested coping with it was to do this. You write your loved one a letter. Say all the things that you wished you could have. Then get any helium-filled balloon, and tie the letter to the balloon. Stand outside, and let it go. You could also go to the grave site, and let it go there. I do this once a year, always on the day that he passed. I don't pretend to know if it gets to him, but I always like to think that it does. It's obviously not a miracle cure for your pain, but it helps. I hope everyone here uses this, and am sending good vibes to everyone who is suffering right now.


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Re: A way to remember your lost loved ones - May 10th 2017, 05:57 AM

First off I just want to say that I am deeply sorry for your loss. SIDS is a terrible thing and I cannot imagine how it feels to go through something like that.

I love the idea though, and I'm glad you've been able to use it to find a bit more peace with your brother's passing.

While I have been fortunate enough that nobody fairly close to me has passed away yet, I have lost many, many extremely close friends to situational occurrences, and I think the letter idea as a coping strategy would work even for losses like that too. I might try that.

Thank you for sharing! And again, I am very sorry for you to lose your brother. Stay strong!

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Re: A way to remember your lost loved ones - May 10th 2017, 11:52 AM

I'm sorry to hear about your brother. I really do like the suggestion that your therapist talked about. I feel that there are many things I would like to tell loved ones who passed away but never know how to do this. Thanks for taking the time to write this thread

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Re: A way to remember your lost loved ones - May 10th 2017, 01:37 PM

I am sorry for your loss. Losing your brother must have been really difficult.

Writing a letter, and then letting it go on a balloon is a nice way to remember a lost loved one.

I think I might try this soon. Thanks for sharing.

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Re: A way to remember your lost loved ones - May 10th 2017, 07:56 PM

I think that's such a wonderful idea. Writing letters is a really good way to get the way you feel out in the open, and I'm glad that you've found a way to do this comfortably. I'm sorry about your loss though - I can't imagine what that must have been like. I hope you know that if you ever need anything, you have plenty of people here who are happy to listen.
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Re: A way to remember your lost loved ones - May 10th 2017, 08:00 PM

I'm sorry for your loss, it must be difficult losing someone so close to you. I haven't had to deal with that yet and hope I don't have to soon. I think your therapist's idea of writing a letter and attaching it to a balloon is a wonderful way to cope with the loss. Everyone copes with loss differently, and I think this is an unique but brilliant way.

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Re: A way to remember your lost loved ones - May 11th 2017, 05:50 AM

I am sorry for your loss. Losing your brother must have been difficult. I really like the idea your therapist suggested. I have written letters like this in the past but I'd usually just keep it with me. Letting it go in a balloon is actually a great idea. I think I might try this soon. Thank you for sharing this with us.

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