When grieving we need to face our grief and mourning not avoid it or pretend it is not there. This can lead to complicated grief. Please also review our Grief Counseling Training.
The article, “Good Grief: Stoicism and Avoidance Won’t Help” by Patrick O’Donnell states
Grief can wash over you like a tsunami or strike in a series of smaller, insistent waves that wear you down like the ocean tumbling rocks into sand. It can express itself as depression, anger, sorrow or numbness.
It may come after the death of a loved one, an atrocity such as 9/11, the loss of a job or relationship or the death of a pet. And no matter the source, grief is a legitimate emotion — and reaction — that deserves to be acknowledged, not swept under the rug.
It’s how you deal with grief that makes the difference between drowning in it or finding a way to rise above it, swim along with it and, eventually, exit the current.
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