I will not equate the length of my grieving period to the degree of my love. I will cry until I no longer need to cry, will grieve until I no longer need to grieve. And through it all my love will continue unchanged and undiminished. ~Author Unknown
Grief is a normal and natural reaction to the death of a loved one. Most of us are not prepared for the long journey of grief. It can be devastating, frightening and often lonely. Utah Hospice Specialists is committed to assisting you through the process of healing.
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Grief is a normal and natural reaction to the death of a loved one. Most of us are not prepared for the long journey of grief that is sometimes devastating, frightening, and often lonely. We may think, do, and say things that are very unlike us. There seems to be no respite from the intense feelings that we experience. Grief has been likened to a raw open wound. With great care it eventually will heal but there will always be a scar. Life will never be the same but eventually you will get better. The experiences of grief have been compared to enduring a fierce storm at sea. The waves peak and close together. Eventually the sea becomes calmer, but occasionally the storm regroups, strengthening without any warning. For several hours, days, or weeks, you may feel free of your grief; then suddenly you meet someone, or see something, or hear something, and grief resumes. It seems as if you are taking one step forward and two back. Grief has its common and its unique sides. Although it is a universal experience, no two people grieve the same, even in the same family. Like a snowflake or a fingerprint, each person's grief has characteristics all its own.
It is important to understand some of the following concepts about grief:
Grief Work: The expression "grief work" is very true. It may be the hardest work that you will ever perform. It is draining.
Control: We CANNOT control the feelings that arise within us. These feelings come from deep inside, but we choose what to do with them. We can accept or reject them. To deny only prolongs our grief. Remember, what we do determine is whether we remain in our grief or we survive. Feelings are not bad or wrong. They should be recognized and faced with honestly.
Choices: There are no choices, you MUST go through it. The expression of grief is essential for good emotional and physical health even though it is painful and difficult. There are no easy answers or short cuts, no way under, over, or around your grief. Although grief may hurt desperately, you must go through it.
Major Decisions: It is strongly suggested not to make major decision (such as moving, money matters, etc.) unless absolutely necessary during the early stages of grief when judgment is cloudy. The conventional wisdom, "Never act in haste" was never more applicable.
Listener(s): Find someone who will listen. Talking is therapy.
Grief has no Timetable: Grief often takes much longer than the bereaved or the people in their lives expect. It helps to take one hour, one day at a time.
Remember: People have natural inclination to recover. Eventually, you'll look back and realize; you weren't going crazy ...you were grieving.
Be Patient with Yourself. Recovering from Grief Takes Time.
This article was taken from Hope for Bereaved: Understanding, Coping and Growing through Grief by Therese S. Shoeneck (ISBN 0-0707860-0-X)