What is Grief?
"GRIEF is reaching out for someone who's always been there, only to find when you need them the most, one last time, they're gone."
The death of a loved one is life's most painful events. People's reactions to death remain one of society's least understood and most off-limits topics for discussion. Oftentimes, those in mourning are left totally alone when dealing with their feelings of pain, loneliness, and isolation.
Grief is a natural emotion that follows death. It hurts. Sadness, denial, guilt, physical discomfort, and sleeplessness are some of the symptoms of grief. It is like an open wound which needs to heal. At times, it seems as if this healing will never happen. While some of life's spontaneity begins to return, it never seems to get back to the way it was. It is still incomplete. We know, however, that these feelings of incompleteness can disappear.
Healing is the process of allowing ourselves to feel, experience, and accept the pain. Allowing ourselves to accept these emotions is the beginning of that process.