Be Gentle with Yourself
Love is the place we all want to land after loss. Love is a broad statement, so what does love actually mean and how can it empower us throughout our journey in grief?
In the beginning it is difficult to function, let alone focus on healing our sorrow. However, as time goes by our grief changes. As we shift, grow and heal we also change. We can choose to be bitter or better. The reality is; life goes on and at some point we are the only one who can take responsibility for our pain. So, how do I do that and what does that look like?
We Give Ourselves Permission to Live Again.
Just as we give ourselves permission to grief, some of us need to give ourselves permission to live again. This sounds contradictory, as we will always carry a sadness in our hearts missing our loved one. Grief is a dichotomy; we live with that sadness; yet we can love, laugh, experience joy, and live life when the pain of grief lessens.
Most often landing at love arrives during that first glimmer of hope. The moment we find our self laughing with family and friends. We visit a relative or take a trip to the beach. We find our stress start to melt off our body as the sun warms our soul. The fragrance of the salt sea air, rain forests and macaws fly above us. We notice beauty again.