Mandisa Mkhize on the mend

By Drum Digital
21 January 2015

It seems like Orlando Pirates and Bafana Bafana goalie Senzo Meyiwa’s widow, Mandisa Mkhize, is picking up the pieces of her life.

Mandisa has posted a few pictures on her Instagram of her “inspirations”, signalling a new phase in her life.

According to – an online health information portal that strives to encourage healthy habits though the power of information – says a person mourning the loss of a loved one might experience the following for days, weeks or even months:

• Guilt about things they did or did not do before the person died.

• Thoughts such as "I wish I would have died instead".

• Imagining they've seen or heard the dead person.

• Trouble sleeping.

• Changes in eating and exercise habits.

• Social isolation.

However, according to, there are ways in which people can prevent their grief from turning into depression. Grief expert Dr J William Worden suggests the following tasks:

• Accept the reality of the loss and know the person will no longer be part of your daily life.

• Work through the pain of the grief by facing difficult feelings.

• Adjust to a different reality by doing things differently, such as taking up new hobbies or giving up ones that are painful reminders of the lost loved one.

• Move on with life by "investing time and energy into living again”.

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