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  • Writer's pictureStephanie Post

Coping With Grief After Losing a Friendship


People often tend to place more significance on the loss of a romantic relationship than they do on the loss of a friendship. But in many cases, losing a friendship can be more difficult than losing a significant other, especially if the friendship had lasted for many years. With romantic relationships, we usually know that there’s always the possibility of a breakup, but we typically imagine friendships lasting forever. So when we have a falling-out with a friend, it can take a considerable toll on our mental health.

Tips for Coping With the Loss of a Friendship


If you’ve recently lost a friend, it’s important that you treat yourself with kindness and compassion. Make sure to:


  • Eat a nutritious diet

  • Exercise

  • Get plenty of sleep each night

  • Take time for self-care

While no one can replace the friend you lost, you should try to surround yourself with loved ones who will make you feel less alone. If you and your friend had talked about going to see the latest movie, go with another friend or family member instead. If you always spent time together on Friday nights, find another weekly hobby. You’ll probably continue to grieve the loss of your friendship for quite a while, but with time, you’ll realize that you can still lead a happy and fulfilled life.


Start Moving Forward From Your Loss


Losing a friend can be very difficult, but a therapist who specializes in healing from loss can make the coping process much easier. Contact us today to schedule an appointment. We look forward to meeting with you and helping you move on from your grief.



Stephanie Post, PsyD. at Higher Self Psychotherapy is a certified EMDR and Sensorimotor Psychotherapist. She works online with individual adults across California and in the Marina neighborhood of San Francisco. She specializes in trauma therapy, and helps individuals with anxiety, depression, and low self-esteem. She uses EMDR therapy, Sensorimotor Psychotherapy, and IFS therapy to help her clients thrive.

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