Grief & Loss

12:08 06 March in Open Mind

Grief & Loss is one of the most personal, life alternating and impactful experiences we can have. Losing a loved one can be an ongoing process from learning initial information that a loved one will begin their demise or a sudden and abrupt loss. Both can be quite different experiences as we might know.

Grieving is a process. We must continue on our journey of grieving as we make our way forward. To move forward, we should acknowledge that we are grieving, we are suffering… we have suffered an injury. An emotional injury. When we break a bone, we go to the hospital and a doctor examines the injury, sets the bone if needed and puts a cast or splint on us so the bone can heal. The same goes for our mental health. We should address our emotional injuries and allow them to heal. But we should address them and not ignore them, pretend they don’t exist and block them out of our minds as more often than not, those emotional injuries tend to come back and haunt us in some way and follow us around until they are dealt with. How long does grieving take? As long as it has to. Everyone is different and has a different process. Once we move on from the initial grieving process, it’s how we go about dealing with our grief that will dictate how it will go for us.

Talking to someone is an example of dealing with our grief; a therapist, psychiatrist, counselor, support group… there are many resources for help if we choose it.

Something worth mentioning is that we can grieve many things other than the loss of a loved one. We can grieve the loss of a relationship, a job, a home, a dog, cat, snake, lizard, a car, etc. In the attached article on grieving, you will see the five stages of grief and the difference in moving on by dealing with our grief in healthier ways.

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