Grief, Mourning, and Everything in Between

This is a really difficult post to write, because as much as I have written so far, there is something that I have been really struggling to put words to. It comes down to honestly not knowing the right words to describe it.  To work through this, I have been spending time researching the differencesContinue reading “Grief, Mourning, and Everything in Between”

Don’t Hold Back: Crying is a Good Thing

Here’s the thing about crying: I hate it.  But unfortunately, it’s a perfectly normal and healthy reaction to grief, and one of the only things that really helps me get through whatever I’m feeling. I cry when I’m sad. I cry when I’m mad or frustrated. I cry when I’m happy.  I hate it everyContinue reading “Don’t Hold Back: Crying is a Good Thing”

He Can Do That When He Gets Back… Oh, Wait

One of the hardest stages of grief to work through, understandably, is acceptance.  “Acceptance is not about liking a situation. It is about acknowledging all that has been lost and learning to live with that loss.” -Elisabeth Kübler-Ross & David Kessler Right now, I have almost completely accepted that my Dad is gone and there’sContinue reading “He Can Do That When He Gets Back… Oh, Wait”

Grief-Brain + Emotional Burnout

This blog took three weeks to write, because unsurprisingly, writing about burnout when you are actively burnt out is incredibly difficult. It’s been said about grief:  “It doesn’t get easier. You just get stronger.” -unknown.  I fully believe this. And actually, I would add (and emphasize) that it gets harder. Like, a lot harder. YouContinue reading “Grief-Brain + Emotional Burnout”

The Polar Bear in the Room

To help me understand myself a little better as I navigate The Unimaginable, I have been reading a lot of books about grief and resilience lately. Most recently, I finished “Option B: Facing Adversity, Building Resilience, and Finding Joy” by Sheryl Sandberg and Adam Grant. One of the things that stood out to me theContinue reading “The Polar Bear in the Room”

You Don’t Have to Feel Alright to Be Alright

The theme of this blog (as a whole, not just this post) is understanding that in spite of everything that has happened this year, I will eventually be alright. But there is a big difference in knowing that you will be alright, and actually feeling alright. And feeling alright certainly does not happen very often.Continue reading “You Don’t Have to Feel Alright to Be Alright”