by Jan McDaniel
Healing is just a word. It can mean many different things to many people. When it comes to the bereavement and the aftermath of unfathomable loss, healing might best describe "recovery," "survival," "strength,' and other terms, including "journey."
Paths from devastation to a life that contains joy as well as precious memories of a loved one wander through tough terrain and wild beauty alike. The days, weeks, months and, yes, years after loss find us changing from mourning to working through the grief we are left with to rebuilding. These tasks are not clearly defined because each person must find his or her own way.
Support, self-care, therapeutic techniques (from counseling to meditation and more) enable us to survive loss that seems survivable and to cobble together new lives that become beautiful.
It can seem that nothing else should happen to us after going through loss, but life doesn't work like that. Yet, the things we learn and share through the grief journey can be used again and again to help us along the way.
What is your grief journey like? How would you describe healing? What are some of the "tools" that helped you?
Memories can bring smiles or pain, sometimes both. Look for the time when there are more smiles than pain and think about how both can co-exist in your heart.
Way for Hope
Losing someone you love is difficult, but it can mean a lot to hear from others traveling similar paths.
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Links of Value:
Alliance of Hope for Suicide Loss Survivors
National Alliance on Mental Illness
Word of God
"My Story" Big Daddy Weave
"Hope in Front of Me"
The Joy FM
Traumatic loss or preexisting conditions can worsen mental health. Use this info graphic to find help.
"Take Charge of Your Mental Health" - a free download from www.nami.org: