Everyone experiences change and loss. Grief is universal. When we are mourning, we deserve EXTRA kindness, understanding, and caring attention.
If this level of care is not readily available, talk to a professional grief mentor who is informed by training, lived experience, and a profound understanding of individual and family dynamics. Grace Terry, MSW, is available to provide griefcare that is
You do not have to grieve alone.
When the human journey includes loss and painful grief, we need patient, caring companions who will journey with us, guide us, and mentor us until we reach peaceful integration and resolution of our grief.
GRIEF is the whole person response to the perception of loss of any kind. The loss may be as a result of death or of any number of other life experiences. The loss may be tangible or intangible, concrete or abstract. While we usually think of grief in strictly emotional terms, grief also includes physical responses, cognitive responses, and spiritual concerns. Any sudden loss of normalcy triggers grief.
“GRIEF WORK” consists of:
(1) Allowing the emotional responses to the perception of loss (typically sadness, anger, guilt/remorse/regret, fear, and others); “feeling the feelings;”
(2) Safely expressing/externalizing the emotional energy, “letting it out,” which leaves an empty or hollow space in the psyche/heart/soul, and
(3) Immediately receiving positive energy (caring, concern, validation, emotional support, comfort…) into the empty or hollow spaces created when the emotional energy was released.
THE SPIRAL PATHWAY OF GRIEF is created by each occurrence of grief work.
Imagine a three-dimensional spiral extending at a 45 degree angle upward to the right and downward to the left.
Each time the mourner allows (feels) the feelings, expresses and releases the emotional energy, and receives positive energy back into the empty places, the grief is simultaneously integrated at both a higher and deeper level of consciousness….and one more turn of the spiral is created higher and deeper.
SOME of the positive energy for grief resolution/integration can come from various impersonal (non-human) sources, such as nature, visual arts, music, literature, spiritual practice, or animals, but at least some of it must come from other humans. Meaningful, effective grief work requires the presence of a calm, caring witness or grief support companion.
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