Stoic Philosophy: Coping with Grief and Death

I released a new episode of my Stoic Philosophy series titled ‘Coping With Grief and Death.’ Listen on SoundCloud and YouTube.

Improving our mindset by studying Stoic Philosophy and being more mindful of our emotions can help us better cope with grief and death. We can have a radical acceptance of that which happens around us recognizing what is outside of our control and enduring adversity so as to not be overcome by chance events.

We can seek an inner happiness, contentment, through acceptance and focus on our mindset and the things we can control. In recognizing our own mortality, we can be compelled to live a good life rather than squandering our time. We can think of death as an inevitable change largely outside of our control and apply this perspective to the loss of friends. We can grieve but not be overwhelmed with grief for a long time and recognize that the degree of grief will likely fade with time. We can value benefits we have accrued from our lost friends and treasure the friendships we currently have enjoying our friendships now before the time is too late and we have missed the moment. We can also think our our deaths simply as non-existence and a deep peace similar to a painless experience prior to our lives beginning.

My Stoic Philosophy series explores the philosophical tradition of Stoicism with goals to inform, empower, and help others benefit from the practical wisdom of Ancient Greek, Roman, and modern thinkers. I tackle many topics including handling adversity, finding meaning in life, working toward contentment, dealing with change, anger, and gratitude.

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Justin Vacula

Justin Vacula hosts the Stoic Philosophy Podcast; serves as co-organizer and spokesperson for the Northeastern Pennsylvania (NEPA) Freethought Society; and has hosted monthly Stoic Philosophy discussion groups for the Humanist Association of Greater Philadelphia. He has appeared on and hosted various radio shows and podcasts; participated in formal debates and discussions; was a guest speaker for college-level courses; was featured in local, national, and international news; and has been invited to speak at various national, local, and statewide events. Vacula received bachelor's degrees in Philosophy and Psychology, a minor in Professional Writing, and the distinguished W.A. Kilburn Memorial Award for Philosophy from King's College in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania. He is currently living in the Scranton, PA area attending Marywood University's graduate-level Mental Health Counseling program and has worked with the Arc of Luzerne County's Transition to Community Employment program as a teacher's assistant and job coach alongside adult learners with intellectual and developmental disabilities. He also plays poker; volunteers as a member of the website and media team for the Greyhawk Reborn Dungeons & Dragons campaign while playing at events in the Eastern United States; and enjoys metal music.