One month passed. The mind does funny things in the midst of grief, as though one is living in a time warp. Sometimes the tragedy felt like three months ago and sometimes, three days. The emotional intensity felt like years.
--Gregory Floyd, A Grief Unveiled
We’re all experts when it comes to grief. At some point in our lives, someone we love dies, and we wonder how we’ll go on … how we’ll get up and go to work and make dinner and pay bills … how we’ll ever laugh or enjoy life again when this person who means so much to us is gone.
The journey through grief is not easy. Only by accepting our feelings – sadness, anger, guilt, loneliness, confusion, and fear – can we move forward to a healthier, happier place. Without forgetting the person who died, we learn to integrate our memories into a new version of our lives.
In the first days of grief, it’s important to recognize that what we’re feeling is normal; that others experience the same thing; and that we’ll eventually get through this pain.
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