Along with a proper grief name tag to wear, I’ve always wanted to have a grief-appropriate prescription pad. In acute grief, which is the initial phase after the loss when one’s world might be inhabitable and upside down, people often feel there are no things or acts that bring much comfort. And often, the burden is placed on the person grieving to not only figure out what those are, but also educate those around them.
In short, the acute grief phase is not a time for emotional fixing, or even external processing about what has happened. Rather, it is a time to get to the next day, the next hour, the next minute. It is a time when I encourage clients to listen to the natural healing mechanisms at work—the numbness, the shock, the need to have more quiet, less stimulation, and to give themselves permission to be myopic. Above is a very short list of some items that many have found to be helpful, and it is only a starting point.
Welcome to my 100-day project. I aim to provide a daily offering on something grief-related for 100 days. I am a grief therapist and educator. This feed is in honor of each person who has trusted me with their stories and wisdom during their grief journey. I hope that others may benefit from simple and straightforward talk about a topic that can be difficult.
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