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Grief & Fear


C.S. Lewis wrote A Grief Observed after his own experience of losing his partner. This small book has always stuck with me. His observation that grief feels like fear is something I hear from folks every day.

When we lose someone significant to us, our sense of trust in ourselves, others, and the world can feel obliterated. This shattering of that trust often shows up as increased fearfulness, anxiety, hyper-vigilance, and the urge to cocoon or run.

Increased fearfulness is a normal response to significant loss, especially early in our loss journey. As we grow in grief, I hold hope that repair can happen in our relationship with trust in ourselves, however slow this might feel at first.

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