Not long ago, a woman arrived at my place and was mourning of her daughter's unexpected death three weeks ago. She was using a cane, and like any grieving mother, she looked very tired. As she speaks, it turns out that she usually doesn't use a cane. She also told me she had not been eating much, just a little yogurt and cantaloupe. And more than that, she seemed very weak and dizzy and was afraid of falling. So the use of a cane was necessary.

I quickly asked her if she was drinking a lot of water. Her immediate response was, absolutely none. The result was a common condition that plagued the vast majority of mourners: chronic, unacknowledged dehydration. The subtle state, which occurs in both non-mourners and mourner alike at any age, plays a significant role in causing confusion, stomachache, headache, dizziness, having old injuries flare, and falls. Grief exacerbates dehydration due to the emotional morass that must be navigated.

As simple as it may sound, consuming water daily is a really important part of self-care and, more importantly, a crucial coping technique when grieving the death of a loved one. Grief is very stressful and requires a lot of energy and stamina. The body needs more water and not carbonated drinks, alcohol or caffeinated drinks, which remove water from the cells, which is essential. Drinking plenty of water, and spring water if possible, will greatly help reduce the physical pain of grief and support brain maintenance.

Here's what you should know about daily water intake and dehydration during bereavement:


1. If you say to yourself “I am thirsty”, it is because you are running late and because you are already dehydrated and your body is paying a heavy price. This is what happens as you age, when it takes much longer for awareness of thirst to reach conscious thought.

2. How much should I drink? Well, the actual consumption depends on the body size as some need more than others. However, diet, exercise level, weather, stress, sweating, and other factors make a goal of (don't let that number scare you) 40 ounces per day necessary. What you need to do is drink five 8-ounce glasses. Wow, you say. This may sound far-fetched to some, but wait. See for yourself how small 8 ounces is by taking a liquid measuring cup, then filling it up to the 8 ounce mark. Then pour water into a cup and see how small it is. It's like having 8 swallows when you were a kid on the playground.

3. Try this water intake schedule: About 15 minutes before eating, drink 8 oz. So the first thing to do in the morning is to drink water with a little lemon if needed and your our kidneys will love it. About an hour after eating be sure to drink another 8 ounces. Yes, I know that with three meals that adds up to 6 cups and a total of 48 ounces. If you want, you can skip the one after or before dinner.

On the other hand, 6 cups is ideal because 40 ounces is the minimum, as most physiologists advise: You'll know you're drinking enough if your urine is clear and slightly colored, rather than dark.

Ordinary tap water or spring water contains less than 10% hexagonal structured water that can be used for cell hydration; therefore it is necessary to drink a gallon or more a day. Properly activated water, after being used for several weeks, can do the same job by drinking only 3 glasses of water per day.

Prill Beads break down water into individual molecules that are absorbed into your system faster and more efficiently than water of any kind. Replenishing your body with Prill water increases vitality, prevents disease and slows down the aging process.


In short, consider scheduling your water intake as part of your new routine. Make a note or put a picture of a glass of water on the bulletin board as a reminder. One of the tasks of grieving is to develop new routines to cope with the absence of your loved one. Not only will a water intake routine reduce the physical pain associated with grief, but it will become the foundation for the energy and stigma boost you need to address the transition you are experiencing in managing the emotions associated with your great loss. And once it becomes a habit as part of your new normal, you can use it for the rest of your life.