01/03/2013 09:18 am ET Updated Mar 05, 2013

Advice for Recovering from a Tragedy

As someone who has endured multiple tragedies in my life, my heart aches for those who are experiencing loss. Finding the courage to continue to move forward and continue to live after a tragedy is extremely difficult -- it's one of the hardest things I've ever done in my life. For anyone who has been through a tragic event in their lives, I wanted to share some advice.

Celebrate your loved one's life: When a loved one passes away, often times we get caught up in only thinking about their death and we forget to think about their life. However, it is important to remember to celebrate your loved one's life. Think about precious memories with them, how much joy they brought you and your favorite things about them. You may not have future memories, but no one can take from you the precious memories already made.

Do something positive with your loved one's legacy: Doing something positive with your loved one's legacy is something that is very rewarding after loss. This can mean doing something as a tribute to them, telling others about them or giving back in their honor.

Allow yourself to grieve: A lot of times when we lose someone, we feel guilty about feeling sad or grieving for their loss. It's important to know that there is nothing wrong with grieving or feeling sad sometimes.

Rely on the support of others: Having the support of others after losing a loved one helps tremendously and it is important not to be afraid to ask for support.