Grief is a natural and normal response to loss. Although death is the first thought that comes into your mind when you think of grief, there are many other issues and experiences that initiate loss.
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Grieve and Grow
This is a story of a journey - a grief journey, a faith journey - a part of life's journey. When I meet with grieving families to intentionally walk with them through the grief process, I am reminded that society places difficult expectations; friends and beloved family members often render the grieving person helpless; the public plays the same mind games; and parents use the same words that I did in those grieving years. It was in helping people struggle for understanding that I concluded that my journey must be shared.
Anyone who has mourned the death of a loved one yearns to remember - but memories hurt, so we often diligently work at forgetting by keeping busy, playng mind games to avoid thinking, speaking or listening to anything or anyone who reminds us of our loved one. I experienced such freedom when I discovered the grief process and learned ways to remember without drawing on my familiar safe jargon or withdrawing to a guarded environment in order to cope.