Death is part of living, but, when it's close to home it can leave us feeling vulnerable dealing with so many mixed and powerful emotions, anger, frustration, overwhelm, fear, and guilt. My personal experience dealing with the loss of my family, certainly taught me something about living and it enables me to cherish every moment of the life I have.
Emotional baggage, we ALL carry it to varying degrees... even YOU!... It's that imaginary backpack that we drag around with us and continually fill it up with anxieties, worries, inner criticism, and negative thoughts. It's those unprocessed painful emotions from past losses.
When I took the time to look back at my life, I realized that I had experienced so many losses, but never in a million years had I attached the word grief to any of those negative and painful feelings. It was only when my family died, that I allowed myself to acknowledge my emotional pain and call it grief.
This episode is dedicated to my big brother Steve. I think the death of a sibling is one of the most neglected losses. No matter what age you lose a sibling, and no matter what your relationship was like. When they die, your life changes.
Some friendships last for years and if your fortunate enough, others can last a life time. But, like most things in life, there are no guarantees when it comes to friendships. Some may end in a fight or betrayal a few run their course, and sadly, some may end with death.
A breakup or divorce is one of the most stressful and emotional experiences, and for many people it can feel like the end of the world. Whether you wanted it or not, the breakup of a relationship can be heartbreaking and trigger so many upsetting and painful emotions.
Men grieve just as much as anyone. However, our society seems to expect them to ... stay strong... suck it up, and hold it all together. Sadly, by doing that, it means for many men, showing their emotions is a sign of weakness, as most of them have been conditioned and lied to since they we're young boys.
Suicide, can leave those left behind with so many unanswered questions. It can leave people feeling guilty wondering if there were any signs that they missed. Unfortunately though, the majority of people turn to logic to try and deal with a totally emotional event.
At the beginning of the pandemic we all focused on securing our physical safety by staying home and shutting down schools and businesses . Now, after months of no in person connections, no sports, proms, or graduations, it has become a mental and emotional crisis for many young people.
This pandemic has created so much job loss, and for many, that loss can be one of life's most stressful experiences. Losing a job can bring about deep and complexed feelings of grief.
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