"A MOURNING MOMENT" by bob willis
Grief in "doses"
Medication is prescribed to be taken in "doses". This may be 1 dose a day, 2 a day, before each meal, at bedtime, etc. It has been discovered that some medications should be spread out to be most effective. "Dosing" is the method of keeping medication in the system for the time required.
Living with grief should be done in "doses". The sudden awareness of a loss can cause shock and numbness. We may simply go through the motions because our brain has not fu...lly processed what has happened. It may feel like a dream...like it cannot be real.
Gradually a new daily routine will develop...a "dose" at a time.
Reality can hurt, so numbness might be a welcome escape at times.
Time spent with family and friends may begin in small "doses" to determine just how much activity is tolerable. Enduring holidays, birthdays, and anniversaries may require "doses" of self-care when emotions become too intense.
Take grief in "doses" ...a little at a time. Find ways to escape, walk away, get a change of scenery, do what is best for you. Learn to "dose" yourself, get a breath of fresh air, even for a few minutes. This can become a very practical and effective method of taking care of yourself during this time of grief.
Find YOUR method, find YOUR balance. It is OK to take a little break from the heavy weight of grief. Do not forget to take a deep breath..."dose" yourself, you are worth it.
Bob Willis, author
"A Guide for Grievers"
"JESUS: The CRUCIFIED CAREGIVER"
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