Grief and Loss
Throughout our lives we experience loss, it is a part of life. This can be the loss of a loved one or a relationship, a job, as well as divorce or separation, the death of a pet or shattered hopes and dreams.
Our reaction to loss is grief. I have heard it said that “grief is the price we pay for love”. The range of feelings and emotions we experience may be universal but how we experience grief is very unique and personal. There is, therefore, no set timeline or linear process to go through. This can be quite overwhelming and can consume our lives.
Many people find it quite helpful to talk this through in a safe, unrushed space with a compassionate professional. With the support of a professional, you can explore the loss and share memories contacted to the loss. The validation of your loss can help with dealing with the pain.
Different strategies such as creating memory boxes can also help to process the loss. Activating natural supports, adjusting to the loss, as well as accepting the reality of the loss can in time help you grow around your loss.
Acknowledging the different seasons of life can be helpful in giving hope that with the passing of time the intensity of the loss will decrease and some enjoyment and pleasure to everyday life will return.