Give Grief A Chance Podcast
A podcast about bringing grief awareness out into the open. A project to help people connect, and share their experiences with grief and loss
This week my heart has felt heavy with the loss of a childhood friend. And the death of our friends can be just as painful as that of any loved one, even if you haven't seen that friend in a long time, knowing that they are no longer here can stir up a multitude of thoughts and emotions. Life is always a little bit different after someone you know and care about dies, and death reminds us that life is short so, we should enjoy the time we are given as much as we can. Sending love to all of my friends.
On this week's episode I'm offering five practical suggestions to help you cope with your grief and move toward healing. Let's face it, coping with the loss of a loved one or friend can be one of the hardest things many of us face, and even though loss is a natural part of life it can be very difficult for many of us to deal with. Grief is an emotional response to a loss and while emotions can be very consuming, they are not permanent states and this doesn't have to last forever.
How can you heal something if you can't identify it? This week's podcast is all about intangible losses, which are things like loss of safety, loss of trust, loss of security, loss of freedom. And, if you've experienced any of these types of loss you'll know that just because it's an intangible loss doesn't mean it isn't real and painful.
One of the first steps to healing is to accept, acknowledge, and name your emotions. Sadly, what we learn as a society is not how to work with our feelings but how to avoid them, and most of us do that pretty well. If you try to suppress your pain around loss, then your fighting a losing battle because, those emotions need to be expressed or you can lose it, explode, or have a nervous breakdown. Holding onto and blocking feelings will create symptoms of stress, anxiety, and depression, in turn, that can cause physical problems such as headaches, heart disease, and insomnia, and we don't want that.
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