How can we help ourselves heal?

September 28, 2017

Losing someone you love is painful. Often, we may feel a mixture of happiness, sadness, angry and lonely emotions.  These emotions might leave us in a dark place, and we may wonder if we will ever see the light. We question: when does the pain go away? Will I only remember the bad? What will I do now? Where do I start? Will I ever heal?

Earl Grollman once stated, “Grief is not a disorder, a disease or a sign of weakness. It is an emotional, physical, and spiritual necessity, the price you pay for love. The only cure for grief is to grieve.” As we are able to express ourselves in our grief journey we gain new perspective of the relationship, and more importantly ourselves. We begin to learn to take care of ourselves in a whole new way. As we begin to express ourselves we begin to heal. Healing, moving forward from the loss- words that we do not expect to hear after having a loved one pass away. Since death is so final, we often believe that our emotions and our way of life stop as well. However, as our lives begin to continue on we may feel that we are starting all over again. We may even ask how we go on from here.

When we grieve, we must pay attention to our needs.  Self-care is such a crucial part of the healing process. Those basic necessities of healthy eating, exercise, exploring spirituality and being kind to ourselves are steps to healthy healing. Additionally, healthy grief work is not done alone. We must have support that is able to accompany you on your grief journey as a matter of support and validation that we can live again. Here at Community Hospice, we want to be able to walk alongside you in your grief journey. Grief work does not need to be alone. Please allow Community Hospice to guide, be a support, and be available to you in your grief journey.

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