Grief is not "one size fits all"
On March 10th I had a heart attack. It required a stent to repair a 90% blockage in the "widow maker". I feel very blessed to be alive and active. Thank you Lord!
Since that day I have been amazed at the "advice" I have received from family and friends. Well-meaning advice in the areas of foods to eat, foods not to eat, herbal and natural remedies, exercises, meds, lifestyle changes, and many other pieces of "advice".
Absolutely I politely listen to this "advice" that is freely given because I feel the sincere concern with each statement. But, i do not believe "one size fits all". Before the procedure I told the cardiologist, "I trust God, and I trust you". I still do. I still trust God and the advice of my doctor.
I feel the same about grief support.
Of course there are similarities with every loss, some natural responses. But each person must accept and deal with their grief in a way that best meets their physical, emotional, and Spiritual needs. It is not "one size fits all".
It is important to respect the grief journey of each individual. Each story is different, each loss is different.
Please do not attempt to hold your grief pain inside. It can destroy you from the inside. It does help to express the pain...it is your journey.
Teach me...tell me...I want to learn from you.
Bob Willis, author
"A Guide for Grievers"
"JESUS: The CRUCIFIED CAREGIVER"
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