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 Category:  Self Improvement Non-Fiction
  Posted: March 24, 2019      Views: 188

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Part 1 - 300 Words - How-To Guide
"Grieving Hearts Heal" by HealingMuse

Please be gentle with yourself during your grieving process!

Know that grief resolution is not a linear process and you will likely go back and forth between the stages of grief depicted, having good days and tougher days as you progress along your healing path.

Similarly, there is no time limit on grieving a loved one's passing. I have had clients tell me that their surviving loved ones have insisted that "two weeks (or months) is enough time"-- and that the person should "get over it." It is difficult to imagine someone being so callous, but I assure you it happens. There is no such thing as "enough time," not that we want the process to last forever, but taking the time to resolve complex, and often conflicting, emotions takes time and effort.

Nothing brings us up short or has the capacity to cause intense pain like the experience of losing someone we hold near and dear to our hearts. I have read so many grief-related releases of late, understandably, with the recent passing on of Michael and Brooke, but also works written by community members whose loved ones are nearing the transition to spirit, as well as those whose close family members have recently passed on.

Being an empathetic person who has worked in the bereavement department of a large hospice some years ago, I feel compelled to share some pearls of wisdom I've picked up along the way, offered as a support to our community members whose hearts are aching.

Please know that grieving is very hard work -- physically as well as emotionally and psychologically. Many people described the physical feeling, likening the grieving process to that of "walking up a steep hill, with a 100-pound backpack on," and similar metaphors. Often, an otherwise simple task such as making a sandwich or taking a shower can feel like an insurmountable challenge. As such, it is important for your healing process that you deliberately take the time and effort to eat, sleep, breathe, and attend to excellent personal care. While this may sound simplistic and ridiculous, many recently bereaved people forget to eat, resist sleeping because they do not want to awaken without their loved one present, and are only breathing shallowly, rather than deeply.

I assure you there is a hospice organization near wherever you live, which will provide free or very low-cost counseling -- usually for the first 13 months following your loved one's passing to take you through all the "firsts"--birthdays, anniversaries, holiday seasons, etc. If you are grieving, please reach out and explore your options with highly-trained professionals in this field in order to begin resolving your grief.

Part II coming soon...

For more information or referral to a hospice bereavement team near you, contact:
National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization, Alexandria, VA (USA) - 703-837-1500


Author Notes
Hi All,

I hope this is helpful to those hearts are aching with grief. It is possible to resolve your grief. This will be a multi-part series in how to attain that goal.
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