Grief is a slow process and takes time to get over. It is a long marathon that has its ups and downs.
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The article, GRIEF IS A SLOW AND STEADY MARATHON RUN, by Laurie Burrows states,
“When you experience grief, you know you are in the throes of it for the long haul. This is not a short sprint. This is a marathon, and like any marathon, you must build up your endurance. You will never fully get over your grief, but hopefully, you will be able to complete your journey by learning to build up patience, strength, and resilience. Unlike a marathon, there is no map or guidebook to prepare your route. You are running with no markers, clues, or pathways that have been traversed before. Your destination is unclear, you don’t know the length of your journey, and you have no idea how long it will take to get there. You are flying blind, and it will take all your muscle to finish the course.
Since you have never been through this kind of grief, you can’t go too fast. You must train slowly by going through the experience step by step. You must build up your stamina to be able to continue to run the course. Some days, it is a Herculean effort to get out of bed. Some days, you don’t want to walk at all. Know that it is okay to crawl under the covers, take a rest from grief, and regroup before going forward. The key to survival, is to have the commitment to face grief head on, and forge ahead.
When you are in grief, your marathon will not take a smooth path. There will be hills and valleys of pain. The road is bumpy, filled with potholes, and badly in need of construction. But, with the help of others, you can find the strength to pave your path through the rough road. Pacing yourself is key. You can’t just run ahead and expect to find solace at the end. You must know that you are in this for a protracted time and your persistent training and stamina will carry you through.”
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