In my career, I find myself in the unique position of witnessing the profound grief felt by those left behind. They come to me for help processing their loved one’s legacy, usually, with the loss still fresh. Having known the acute pain of losing a loved one myself, I understand.
I understand the uncertainty. I understand that it takes time to come to terms with loss and that you never forget them. I know that understanding this grief is important to the healing process.
Though your pain may never completely go away, understanding that pain, may help you move forward.
I came across an article in USA Today, called “The Rally,” about Nurse Julie & her own unique experience with death. A hospice nurse for 11 years, she has witnessed the most extraordinary events that can precede death & the effect it can have on families. Though death is always there, she, like me, understands that her outlook should not be bleak, because, if we do our job right, we can help others find peace.
Grief is an emotional and physical response to this loss. Whether it’s the loss of a spouse, a friend, or pet, we all suffer from that loss to one extent or another.
What are the 5 stages of grief?
- Denial – This is not really happening.
- Anger – Who is responsible for this?
- Bargaining – I’ll do anything for this NOT to be true.
- Depression – I’m paralyzed by grief.
- Acceptance – I’ve come to terms with my loss.
What can I do about my grief?
We all experience grief differently. We may not go through every step of the grief process and that is normal. There is no particular order for processing grief. Understanding that you have to grieve, learning what that means for you, and taking steps to care for yourself during this time will make a world of difference
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