Although experiencing grief & loss is a universal experience, that doesn't mean our experience is just like that of others.
Yes, everyone experiences grief & loss at some point in their lives, however that doesn't mean we should minimize it's impact or just hope the feelings will diminish over time. Experiencing the death of someone who held an important role in your life can be devastating. Whether you lived with the person and they were integral in your daily life or if it was a strained relationship, but they were still "mom"... Whether you anticipated the death due to illness, it was completely unexpected, or if the person had an influence in their own death... Whether you're a child, adolescent, young adult, middle aged, or older... Grief is powerful.
You may be experiencing:
- Uncertainty about your future
- A changed outlook on the world
- Lack of energy/Loss of interest
- Anger or rage
- Extreme sadness or depression
- Spiritual strengthening or questioning
- Loss of other relationships/Isolation
- Physical illness or pain
- Inability to concentrate or focus
- Increased worries or anxiety
- Experimenting with substances to numb the pain
- Pretending you're "fine" and that this death has not impacted you
Many people think grief is just a feeling, however we know that in addition to affecting us emotionally, it impacts us mentally, physically, behaviorally, and spiritually.
We are here to support you in your unique experience as you find healing in this new world without that important person.