Archive | February, 2015

Grief is Like the Ocean

Sometimes it feels like you’re drowning, sometimes treading water, other times splashing about with your feet on the sand. Grief takes many forms and the image of an ocean is helpful when you realise that the ocean is in charge, and all you can do is learn to swim as best as possible. That means…

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Why the commonest things said to you about grief are actually the worst.

What is it that everyone says to you? You’ll never get over it It’ll just take time These two things were said to me, and I’ve discovered, said to others too. They’re not helpful though, because they’re not true. Here’s why: ‘You’ll never get over it’ – death of a loved one is not something you…

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What is grief?

It’s feverish activity, and slumping for hours in a chair. It’s screaming your head off but remaining quiet; it’s forgetting little things and then forgetting that your loved one has died at all. It’s tears that never seem to stop flowing; and then a dam of tears that can’t break through; a boiling hot rage…

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