The difference between Grief and Mourning
This is our 1st session of putting a 6 week grief support group onto my Facebook page. Thank you for following and sharing this valuable material. Today is laying a foundation we build upon in coming articles.
You may "attend" these sessions and never express any feelings. That is OK. There will be times I ask for responses, it is all voluntary and optional to express.
Everyone grieves differently...even in the same family dealing with the same loss. We grieve according to our personality, other losses in life, and our relationship with the person who died.
There is a difference between grief and mourning.
GRIEF is what we feel inside following a loss (pain, empty, lonely, anger, guilt, etc.). No one can see our grief...it is personal and private. Everyone grieves.
MOURNING is the outward expression of those feelings. It may be tears, words, or actions. But MOURNING is when "grief goes public".
It is very healthy to mourn...to express the grief. My intent in the upcoming sessions will be to guide healthy ways to mourn.
There will be some "homework" for you...some actual worksheets for us to complete. You NEVER have to share your response with me or anyone else. But "it helps to do your homework"...lol.
Like everything else in life, we get out of these sessions what we put into them. I really hope you follow daily and share with others who are hurting.
Ok, we have laid a foundation...tomorrow morning we dive into the material. THANK YOU for being here. I want the very best for each of you.
Bob Willis, author
"A Guide for Grievers"
"JESUS: The CRUCIFIED CAREGIVER"