‘Grief releases love, and it also instills a profound sense of connection.’
– Jacqueline Novogratz
Grief is a natural response to loss. It is the emotional suffering experienced when someone or something you love has been taken away. Loss can be experienced in many forms and is typically very painful. The breadth and depth of emotion can be extreme, and it may feel as if the pain and sadness will never fade. Grief can come in many forms. It may be associated to the death of a loved one, or a pet. Maybe you have experienced the loss of a marriage or significant relationship in your life. Loss may come in the form of a lifestyle, perhaps financial or the loss of health or mobility due to illness or injury. Career loss can be devastating for some, particularly for those in the role of sole providers. The loss of a job, or perhaps retirement, may cause a significant void for people in terms of purpose, or may result in a changing lifestyle due to reduction in income.
Grieving is a personal and highly individualized experience, and there is no timetable for it. Some people begin to feel better in a few weeks, some a few months. Others may experience grief for years. Whatever your experience, it’s important to understand that the process will unfold naturally and as intended based your own personality, coping style, and life experiences.
If you’ve recently experienced a significant loss in your life or are struggling with grief of any kind, please contact me today.