Grieving…the right way


So often people will tell me that want to grieve in “the right way”.  I, then, always ask them what they mean when they say that.

Some refer to “being thorough”, not leaving feelings unexperienced or unexamined.  Others will say they want to be able to do whatever will enable them to go forward with no unfinished business.  Still other suggest there is a particular trajectory or path to be followed and the steps can be identified and completed.

As some of you have come to know, there is no RIGHT way to grieve, only OUR way!

We find our way best when we quiet ourselves and listen to what our spirit has to say.  We need to tell our stories over and over, reminisce and let others bear witness.  We do well to recognize there is no timeline to be followed.   We allow ourselves to be upheld by those who care for us and then, finally, accept that grieving does not end; but rather, changes.  The depth of our sorrow lightens a bit, the ways in which our mourning defines our days lessens, our hearts open again to joy and we come to know that we can once again, embrace life while all the time caring the goodness and gifts of our departed with us.

  1.  Have you grappled with “grieving the right way” or other’s ideas about how you should grieve?
  2. Have you found yourself thinking there is a timeline for grief and most of the process is done is that 1st year?
  3. Do you recognize that your sorrow, at times, is no longer the lens through which you view everything?  Does it sometimes move toward the side a bit?

Please share your thoughts….

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