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How Houseplants Can Help With Grief

Published: January 23, 2023

Losing a loved one can be one of the most painful experiences in life. Grief is a natural, important part of healing, but it can also be incredibly difficult to cope with.


That’s why it’s important to take care of yourself during this time and find healthy ways to cope with your emotions.


One potential way to help with grief is to add houseplants into your home.


The Benefits Of Houseplants To Help With Grief

Houseplants are known for their calming effects, which can be especially beneficial for those who have recently lost a loved one.


Studies have found that houseplants can reduce stress and anxiety, both of which are common feelings during times of grieving. They can even improve air quality and help you feel more relaxed. In addition to the physical benefits, houseplants can also provide emotional comfort by helping you reconnect with nature and your loved one's memory.


Moreover, plants serve as living reminders that life continues on despite loss.


Taking care of a plant—watering it regularly, making sure it gets enough sunlight—can provide a sense of purpose as well as some structure in an otherwise chaotic time.


This helps create a feeling of growth and allows you to focus on something positive during these tough times.


Types of houseplants that can help with grief

There are many different types of houseplants that work well when dealing with grief. A few of our favorites include:


- Succulents which require minimal upkeep and they are living reminders of resilience, are a particularly popular choice.

- Bonsai trees, which symbolize balance and harmony, can also be comforting to keep around the house.

- Peace lilies or heart-leafed philodendron can also help bring a sense of calmness in times of distress.

- Aloe Vera helps purify the air and has been known to help relieve anxiety.


Grief is an inevitable part of life but there are ways to cope with pain and find solace in small things such as houseplants.


Not only do houseplants offer physical benefits such as fresher air or reducing stress levels, but they can also connect us deeply with our departed loved ones through memories associated with them or just the presence of green life in our home environment keeping us connected with nature even when we’re indoors.


So if you’re struggling with grief right now, don’t hesitate to bring some plants into your home - they might just give you some much-needed comfort during this difficult time.


Visit our website for more information on local and virtual grief support groups: www.rouppfuneralhome.com/grief-support


 
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