Throughout the course of our years, we all experience a loss at some point in our lives. In fact, statistics show that 1 in 5 children will experience the death of someone close to them before 18 years of age. Feelings of grief and loss are not always associated with death, however, but commonly surface after a loss of some kind – whether it is the loss of a loved one, a severed relationship, a pregnancy, a pet, or a job
Our society is not exactly adept at grieving. We are expected to move on quickly, be “brave,” and resume living as if nothing even happened. But grief and loss cannot be solved; our loved ones cannot and should not be forgotten. The healing comes in processing your feelings, acknowledging your loss, and learning to live with it. Here, you are not expected to “get over” anything. You will be nurtured in understanding the parameters of your grief, the magnitude of your loss—and accepting yourself with gentle encouragement.
Here is what we do know: