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5 Practical Ways to Cope with Grief: A Gentle Journey of Healing for Asian American Adults

A woman holds her face in her hand and looks sad. This could represent the grief one experiences and learns to cope with.

Grief is an inherent part of the human experience, and as Asian American adults, we often find ourselves grappling with both collective and individual grief. The interplay of historical trauma, cultural expectations, and personal struggles can be overwhelming, but we have the strength to heal and grow through these experiences. In this blog post, we will explore how to cope with grief and heal through a mix of personal and community strategies. Remember, you’re not alone, and together, we can navigate these challenges together. 

Please note: This article does not serve to replace the advice or prompting of mental health and/or medical professionals, serves to aid mental health and/or medical professionals.

5 Practical Ways to Cope with Grief

1. Acknowledge the Impact of Collective Grief:

We can acknowledge the historical and cultural trauma that impacts the Asian American community. It can help to participate in community events that celebrate resilience and cultural heritage. For example, you can engage in open discussions about shared experiences and challenges. Or, you can try to create safe spaces for communal healing and support.

(Podcast Resource: Healing from Collective Trauma | Stanford Psychologist Dr. Christine Catipon  by Yellow Chair Collective)

Journal prompt: Reflect on the historical and cultural traumas that have affected the Asian American community. How have these collective experiences influenced your own journey? Consider participating in community events or discussions that celebrate resilience and cultural heritage. How can communal healing and support be fostered in your life?

2. Honor Your Personal Grief:

Seek out professional counseling or support groups to navigate through personal grief. Recognize that personal grief is a valid and natural response to loss or change. Engage in creative outlets like writing, painting, or music to process emotions. Allow yourself to express emotions freely without judgment or expectations.

(Podcast Resource: Grief and Self-Acceptance – Yellow Chair Collective)

Journal prompt: Take a moment to honor your personal grief. Have you sought professional counseling or support groups to navigate through this process? If not, how could these resources be helpful to you? Explore creative outlets, such as writing, painting, or music, to express your emotions and feelings of loss or change. What form of creative expression feels most accessible and comforting to you?

3. Shifting from a Posture of Self-Criticism to Self-Compassion:

Prioritize self-care and embrace the necessity of rest and rejuvenation. Practice mindfulness and meditation to ground yourself in the present moment. Set boundaries and say no to activities that may overwhelm you during periods of grief. Be gentle with yourself during times of grief, offering kindness and understanding.

(Resources: UC Berkeley – Why is Self-Compassion So Hard for Some People? 

Harvard Health – The Power of Self-Compassion)

Journal prompt: Explore the concept of self-compassion during times of grief. Have you found it challenging to be gentle with yourself? Reflect on how prioritizing self-care, rest, and rejuvenation can support your healing process. Are there specific mindfulness or meditation practices that resonate with you and can help you stay grounded in the present moment?

4. Community Care – Connect with Loved Ones:

A group of hands are stacked on top of each other. This could represent the support received from community care.

Create a network of support to lean on during difficult times. Attend support groups or workshops focused on grief, offering guidance and compassion. Reach out to mental health professionals, friends, family, and trusted individuals to share your feelings.

(Resource: Asian American Experience Support Groups (Yellow Chair Collective)

Journal: Consider the value of community care and connections with loved ones during difficult times. Have you reached out to support groups or workshops for guidance and understanding? Reflect on the importance of seeking help from mental health professionals, friends, family, or other trusted individuals when you need to share your feelings and experiences.

5. Create Personal Rituals of Remembrance – Celebrate Ancestral Roots/Traditions

Reconnect with your cultural heritage to find strength and solace in ancestral practices

Engage in activities that bring you closer to your roots, such as speaking to family elders, learning traditional arts, or cooking family recipes Explore Asian American literature, films, and art that resonate with your emotional and personal experience (Resource: Books on Healing, Remembering, and Mourning for Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month)

Journal prompt: Take time to celebrate your ancestral roots and traditions as a source of strength and solace. How have your cultural heritage and family practices influenced your journey through grief? Explore Asian American literature, films, or art that resonate with your emotions and experiences. How can these creative expressions provide insight or comfort on your healing journey?


As Asian American adults, we are not alone in our grief, and through acknowledging collective and individual pain, we can embark on a journey of healing and growth. 

Embrace the wisdom of collective strength, honor your personal grief journey, and embrace self-compassion as you navigate the complex landscape of grief. Remember, healing is a nonlinear process, and it is okay to take small steps toward embracing grief and finding solace in the love and support of our community. 

Together, we can emerge stronger, more resilient, and deeply connected to our roots.

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Other Services at Yellow Chair Collective

There are many options for treatment using online therapy in California and New York, it just depends on what you’re needing. And while we certainly provide Asian American therapy, we also work with individuals from other cultures, too. So, whether you’re needing support in overcoming anxiety, burnout, trauma, or PTSD, we can help. Likewise, we serve teens and couples in need of support, too. So when you start online therapy with us, you can bring your whole self, including past struggles, cultural impacts, and more.