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Grief is its own Entity

Day 68: Grief is its own entity. And it is not depression.

I can get on a soapbox about how different grief and depression are. I admit it. I’ve already posted on it once, yet it feels important to return to once in awhile.

Grief comes in waves. Depression doesn’t.

Grief has depressive elements to it. I call these the “depths,” which are the lows that you have never felt before, the deep pits of pain, the searing missing, the grief-induced existential voids.

Grief is an engagement with deep pain—pain that comes from the loss of a relationship—especially a relationship that meant something deeply to you. Grief includes ups and downs, with steep curves, shock, and even numbness during the initial phases with more access to the missing and yearning and the reality of the experience further along the journey.

Grief is part of our biology—part of our evolution as beings who will inevitably face loss and change. Grief allows us to sit with the most difficult experiences of our lives.

Welcome to my #100dayproject. I am providing a daily offering on #grief, in honor of each person who has trusted me with their story and wisdom during their #griefjourney. I hope that others may benefit from simple and straightforward talk about a topic that can be difficult. Thanks for following and/or sharing.

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