Understanding Grief & Loss

Grief is a profound journey, a path uniquely carved by the echoes of loss. If you’re reading this, you may be traversing the intricate terrain of grief, seeking understanding and solace. As you embark on this deeply personal journey, it’s crucial to know that the traditional stages of grief, once thought to be a roadmap, are now seen as mere signposts on the vast landscape of your emotions.

You might have heard about the stages proposed by Elisabeth Kübler-Ross – denial, anger, bargaining, depression, and acceptance. But here’s the truth: grief is not a linear path. It’s a journey that unfolds uniquely for each person. You may find yourself revisiting certain emotions or skipping stages altogether. Your grief is a mosaic of feelings, and it’s okay if it doesn’t neatly fit into a predefined order. It’s not about conforming to stages but understanding that your emotions are as varied as the colors in a sunset.

Here are a few grief quotes that echo the emotional depth of this journey:
● “Grief is the price we pay for love.” – Queen Elizabeth II
● “The reality is that you will grieve forever. You will not ‘get over’ the loss of a loved one; you will learn to live with it.” – Elisabeth Kübler-Ross
● “Grief, I’ve learned, is really just love. It’s all the love you want to give but cannot. All that unspent love gathers up in the corners of your eyes, the lump in your throat, and in that hollow part of your chest.” – Unknown
● “When our loved one dies, we also lose our future self. Who would we be had they not left our world? The version of us that could only be elicited by their presence and love over time doesn’t exist, and that’s a profound loss too.

As you navigate your unique journey, remember that clinicians are here to guide, not dictate. They are grief companions. Your grief deserves to be felt in its authenticity. They offer empathy, active listening, and a safe space for you to express the myriad of emotions that grief brings. Your healing is a process of self-discovery, and clinicians are here to support you, to empower you to find your way through.

In understanding grief, remember that your journey is as unique as your fingerprint. The changing landscape of grief allows for a more compassionate and individualized approach. As you walk this path, know that your emotions are valid, your journey is honored, and you are not alone. Your grief is a testament to the love you shared, and in time, you’ll find your own rhythm of healing and understanding.
Sending dandelion wishes, Alina

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