If you’ve ever suffered the loss of a loved then you understand that there are times when getting out of bed or up off of the floor seem impossible. It doesn’t matter if it’s a day after their passing or months later grief takes over and there seems to be absolutely nothing you can do about it. What you’re experiencing is not only natural, but in my opinion, a necessary part of healing. That doesn’t mean however it’s easy.
Easy isn’t word in my vocabulary when it comes to my grief. Grief comes in waves. Sometimes it’s a gentle ache and other times it knocks me to the ground, literally, and I find myself sobbing in a corner of the room.
I use to tell myself that I needed to be strong. I am alone now and Jack isn’t physically here to help me through this. Not long after his death, in the middle of a crying jag, I realized that feeling this pain was an important part of the healing process. After all how could I pretend to be strong when I was standing alone for the first time in decades?
We have the right to feel every moment and the very depth of our grief. Losing the love of your life, a child, a parent or a best friend, irrevocably changes your life. They are no longer a part of what you’ll experience from this point forward and that hole in your heart if huge. The key however is in recognizing all of that.
Rather than trying to buck up and be strong I tell myself, as my tears flow, that I need to have this experience. I need to feel the grief to its fullest. Yes, it drains me and yes, I come through it feeling down and blue… but I come through it and so will you. It’s when we fight it or berate ourselves for being overwhelmed by it that our energy gets tied up in feeling bad about ourselves instead of feeling bad because our loved one died. Can you see the difference?
Grieving has everything to do with the loss. That is natural and honest and necessary. Berating ourselves is a choice and one that is unnecessary and hurts us even more.
So when you are on the floor next time say to yourself, “I need to feel every part of my grief.” Let the tears flow and the pain overwhelm you. As it starts to abate, even just a little, remind yourself that this is all part of your healing and a natural part of life. You will get through it… as you need to for you.
With love, Cheryl