Honor your grieving process, not what others believe it should be
Grief is an individual journey, and there is "no one way to do it"
Together, we have the opportunity to lean into grief in a safe and protected environment, and create a compassionate "template" to guide you through your process.
We will explore your personal story and uncover how best to help you heal and get the support you need. You will learn to take the lead in this journey, ask for what you need, and understand your emotional response.
Conversations..... You have the right to mourn
Grief is unpredictable in how it will manifest itself, and does not have a time limit.
Allowing your emotions to emerge and share them in a safe place helps to normalize this journey.
Everyone's response to grief is unique, and yes, there are "stages" that one may go through, these
stages are not linear, and you may, or may not, experience all of them. It's possible to go in and out, or back and forth through the stages. Grief lessens, yet never leaves us completely.
Grief is a natural, normal reaction to losing someone you love, and your response may be different
from others. It does not fit in a box.
We will examine spiritual tools that attune your experiences and relationships with those around you.
A death can change your relationships. Many do not know how to face their own fears about death. They may not be ready to hear your feelings or know how to receive them. They may not know what to say or do around you.
Others may want to "fix" your pain, and be frustrated when they can't.
Some may retreat, but they still love you.
Relationships are complicated, and those feelings don't just stop after death. The grief associated with these relationships are also complicated.
Grief can be compounded by unresolved grief, and can go on for generations if no addressed in a healthy way.
There are alternative approaches to experiencing grief and bereavement authentically. Learn to connect, and stay connected, with others through shared experience, heart to heart.
You cannot ignore grief, it will make itself heard....sometimes years or decades later.
Talk about your emotions - practice not saying "I'm fine" or putting on a happy face. Honor your feelings, take your time, and find safe places and people with whom you can express yourself.
It is possible to kindly express how you are truly doing, and what you might need, without feeling guilt, embarrassment or shame.
Eventually you will be able to honor the memory of your loved one, while still living your own best life.