I have written a lot about what to do if you are thankful for your deceased loved one.
But how to get back into a good mood after they’re gone?
The idea of drinking a drink or two after the passing of a loved one is so common it’s become a cliché, even among those who aren’t mourning their loved ones.
A drink is a great way to remember and be thankful after someone passes away, says Heather Anderson, a professor of psychology at the University of Auckland.
“You can have it as a quick, celebratory drink, but you can also have it in a really meaningful way.
You might be able to get some emotional content out of it.”
You can also get the same effect from a coffee, Anderson says.
When I’m in the mood, I can make a cup of tea and a shot of espresso, which is a really easy way to get myself back into the mood and feel good about the occasion.
So if you want to get into the spirit of things, here’s a list of the best drinks to enjoy after a funeral.
Drinks that celebrate: The most recent and favourite drinks, but remember to drink responsibly Drinks that don’t: Have a sweet or salty note or flavour Drinks with a strong alcoholic kick.
Don’t overdo it.
It’s okay to go back to normal after a few drinks.
It’s just a bit more relaxing to get up and go for a walk and be more sociable after the fact, Anderson suggests.
Be mindful about the type of drink you are drinking.
You may feel like a super-strong cocktail, she says.
“But if you’re drinking a cocktail, and it has a strong alcohol content, then it’s a little bit too much.”
Forget about the booze and get to the spirit.
Drink a tea.
It will bring you back to your normal.
Drink a coffee.
It is the perfect antidote to the booze.
It really brings you back into your good old, clean, relaxed state.
Get the drink at home.
Take it home and drink it with your favourite beverage.
You can add a dash of cinnamon or a little nutmeg to make it extra special.
If you’re in the middle of a funeral, make a coffee with some sugar and some coffee.
Then have a glass of your favourite drink with it, Anderson said.
“It really will make you feel good and you’ll feel your emotions.”
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