I printed this article out about a year ago and had all intentions of giving it to someone I care about, but never did. I happened to come across it the other day and thought it was definitely worth sharing. This article is not just about grieving the death of someone but more-so about grieving a loss (or more than one loss) in general. One of the main reasons I printed the article for ‘this person’ is to point out that trying to ignore the pain or keep it from surfacing will only make it worse in the long run. In order to heal it is necessary to face your grief and actively deal with it. Last year I read it and wanted to share it in hope of being able to help ‘this person’ understand grief. Right now, I am looking at it from a different perspective, to help me to heal myself. It’s odd that I happened to come across this article the other day because personally, I am dealing with the loss of more than half of the examples given below.
You can ‘try’ to suppress your feelings and grief but you can NOT avoid them forever. You must acknowledge your pain in order to heal. Trying to avoid this only prolongs the grieving process and unresolved grief can lead to depression, anxiety, substance abuse, and health problems. Take care of number one, yourself!