8. It helps our brains process grief
The self-soothing benefits of crying are nearly boundless, especially during the grieving process. When dealing with the loss of a loved one, our emotional pain can become so great as to be overwhelming. As we cycle through the five stages of grief — denial, anger, bargaining, depression, and acceptance — our feelings will inevitably build to the point of bursting. Crying allows us to release this overabundance of turmoil, and in doing so, we can better process our grief and move on towards acceptance of the loss.
Emotional baggage inhibits personal growth, so it is incredibly important to learn to let go. Unfortunately, the only way to do this is to let yourself suffer, and during this hard time, you’re all but certain to shed a few tears, which will help to ease the pain. While you may prefer to bottle up your emotions to avoid feeling pain, doing just the opposite and crying periodically throughout is actually the best way forward.