Have you experienced loss that sometimes you don't have the words to express?
Has disconnection caused heartache and pain that is unbearable?
Do you try and find meaning and sense in grief?
Grief can arise in many different situations in our lives. We can lose loved ones, relationships, our sense of meaning, purpose and identity, or the job we loved. We can experience grief as feeling like we don't belong in the world. Communities can grieve the loss of land and ocean spaces
We can experience grief seeing others in pain and suffering. Grief is a human emotion and experience, that is unsettling to the heart, mind and soul. Finding meaning in grief is crucial to healing.
There is no set time frame or limit to how long grief persists. It varies culturally and also historically. In some cultures the ceremonies carried out for passing of a loved one is a process which takes sometimes days or weeks and in others, it may be a few days. All for very valid...
This article talks about grief and emotions and how recognizing our discomfort is important to help us through the anxiety.
Being able to know and be aware of what emotion we are feeling can help us manage them.
The unknown, the lack of control, the deaths, the shock, the nightmares, the pressure of decisions that may affect a life, amplify the grief within.
If we do not have clarity on what our grief is we can let it consume us and result in emotional and spiritual distress.
A few things to help with grief are (on top of seeking professional help):
1) Do not stop your pain from surfacing it will only make it worse in the long run.
2) Remembering there is no specific "time frame" in which grieving must be done in.
3) Know that crying is not the only way to know you are grieving, you may have pain that is not expressed this way, but another way.
4) Seek out face - to -face (in the pandemic through phone or virtually) support from those that care about you or a health professional.