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We Grieve @ every Developmental Stage


Day 33: Simply put, grieving at each developmental stage means grieving at each life transition. Such transitions might include marriage, a breakup, a move, a new job, becoming a parent, losing some physical functioning, navigating a chronic illness, or some other change that affects your daily life.


Processing grief is not simple because our current grief can invite and even uncover grief from current, past, and anticipated life transitions and events.


Knowing that our grief process can be influenced by life transitions--current, past, and future--is important because it explains why grief symptoms often become acute again at these stages (and why grief can emerge again from past events). When our grief meets a life transition, grief symptoms often intensify and feel as though they are “coming out of nowhere.” Many of my clients express a fear of “moving backwards” or “being behind” or “not doing it right” or “not getting better” when their grief coincides with another life transition.


Instead of this being a sign of “not doing it right,” the additional intensity of one’s grief when it meets a life transition is normal AND the way we process and gain perspective and insight into our own lives and experiences.



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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