"Survival is the ability to swim in strange water" (Frank Herbert)
Grief and loss are definitely strange waters for all of us. We never want to become familiar and comfortable in the emotions of grief. It is a journey, and a journey requires progress, or it becomes a destination.
We are not meant to live in the pain of loss constantly.
Yes, there will be many times of overwhelming pain that takes the breath away. But also look for those moments of a "fresh breath". Create times you can "take a breath"...call "time-out" from the pain by intentionally doing something for yourself. Spoil yourself...make time for YOU!
Notice the quote above says survivors "swim in strange water"? It does not say survivors "sink in strange water". You WILL survive, even when you feel you cannot do so.
Remember, you are not alone. Although no one can know exactly how you feel in your grief journey, support can come from the presence of others.
Keep swimming...it is worth the effort. "Join a swim team"...allow the presence of others to bring you comfort. Can you identify the members of your "swim team" who provide support?
Bob Willis, author
"A Guide for Grievers"
"JESUS: The CRUCIFIED CAREGIVER"
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