Grief is the most difficult emotion we can deal with. It can bring us to our knees, cause immeasurable pain, and can either separate us from our loved ones or bring us together. Many people think of grief connected only with death. However, grief can happen after any loss whether it is big or small. Not dealing with your grief only sublimates it in your body causing a myriad of health problems. A seemingly small loss may trigger a huge reaction if your previous grief has not been dealt with.
The five stages of grief are denial or shock, anger, bargaining, depression, and finally, acceptance. These stages are a spiral; you may not go through them in order, you can bounce back and forth between them, but is very important to feel them, accept them without judgment, and be able to let them go. They may come back over time, but the intensity gradually diminishes. It’s okay to release the grief, in the case of a death you’re not forgetting that person only allowing your thoughts of them to be about their life and what they meant to you, rather their death. Even a person of faith who knows their loved one is in a better place will feel grief at their passing. Be compassionate with yourself. You may feel helpless to help another who is experiencing grief. Simply being with them and allowing them to express their feelings is a huge help. Praying for them to find peace is something else you can actively do to help.
A quote from the Butterfly Fund says it all. “Grief never ends… But it changes. It’s a passage, not a place to stay. Grief is not a sign of weakness, nor a lack of faith. It is the price of love”.
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