You Are Not Alone

No matter who we are, we all share a common event with everyone else on the planet – at some point we will experience the loss of someone close to us. And although the death of a loved one affects everyone differently, it’s important to take the time to process the emotions we feel, rather than pushing them deep down inside only to have them resurface later.

What is grief ?

 

Grief is a multifaceted response to loss, particularly to the loss of someone or something that has died, to which a bond or affection was formed. Although conventionally focused on the emotional response to loss, it also has physical, cognitive, behavioral, social, cultural, spiritual and philosophical dimensions. While the terms are often used interchangeably, bereavement refers to the state of loss, and grief is the reaction to that loss.

Helping yourself heal

 

Don’t deny the fact that you are grieving. Suppressed emotions have a way of surfacing in destructive. Don’t be afraid to ask others for help and support. A caring friend, relative or counselor can be invaluable at a time like this. Support groups can be especially beneficial, because you can learn from people going through the same torment that you are.

The grieving process

 

The rituals of death - funerals, wakes, memorials, or whatever your faith or culture decrees – have been developed for a reason. While it might be tempting to avoid them in an attempt to deny that a loved one is gone, these events provide those left behind with comfort and closure. Death rituals serve more than one purpose. They help the living accept the loss of the physical presence of their loved ones so that they can take the first step on their journey toward acceptance and healing, and they help the spirit to understand the fact that they are no longer part of the physical plane.

Accepting a loss

 

It might help to know that during these times the Spirit of your loved one is with you, sending support and love from beyond to help you through. And remember, one of the most common messages that comes through to me when I connect with the Spiritual realm usually goes something like this: “I’m okay, I’m not in pain and I want my loved ones on to be happy and enjoy their lives.”

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