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Grief Counseling Certification Article on Grieving the Living

An article that brings to clarity the complications that come with grieving the living.

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The article, Grieving The Living: When your “lost” loved one is still alive, by Kristi Hugstad states,

“Grief is a big word. It’s a big word that often comes attached with it visions of caskets, funeral homes and sympathy cards. But grief isn’t just about death. As I said in a former blog, you might experience grief due to any variety of loss – the loss of a career, marriage or yes, a loved one. When my husband, Bill, completed suicide, I experienced grief like I’d never known before. His death is what propelled my life into a new trajectory – one in which I could help those also suffering.

What I didn’t count on after Bill’s death was that I would also experience grief for his family. Of course, they didn’t die with him. They are alive and well (as far as I know), but have not spoken to me for some time. Understandably, their own grief over the death of their son manifested itself in different ways than my own, and they are no longer part of my life.

In the years since Bill’s death, I’ve tried repeatedly to contact his parents. About a year ago, their home phone was disconnected. I didn’t have another way to contact them. A few months ago, when Hurricane Harvey struck Houston, I had no way to know whether they had been affected. Periodically, I browse obituaries and have even called assisted living facilities to see if I can get an update on their lives.

Why do I continue to put myself through this? That’s the thing; grieving the living is a confusing and difficult thing. Perhaps I’m looking for validation that they don’t blame me for their son’s death. Maybe I just can’t let go of the last living link to my husband. Maybe I’ll never know what I’m searching for, but it’s hard to move forward knowing that they’re living their own lives somewhere out there.”

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