Grief is like a shadow you can’t shake. As I go about my daily routine, one minute I feel normal as I drop packages off at the post office or pick up food at the grocery store. The next, reality hits and I feel bowled over by a wave of sadness that rushes through me.
These days I feel like I’m getting a Masters degree in dealing with grief and loss, and I hope I’m not depressing you. It’s just that right now I can’t pretend that everything’s okay. Because it’s not.
Today was a big heart day filled with love, loss and grief. On our walk this morning we passed the local school. Parents and children were gathered with colourful balloons and flowers to celebrate the life of their beloved teacher, who lost her life on MH17 last week.
I’ve just come home from seeing the movie Rabbit Hole with Nicole Kidman and Aaron Eckhart. It’s a beautiful film that helps to facilitate the healing power of grief. I highly recommend seeing it, especially if you need a good cleansing cry.
Most people associate grieving with the loss of a love one or someone dear to their heart. What grieving really is; the loss of emotional baggage and/or attachment. This grieving process can happen at anytime, not necessarily during the passing of someone or the loss of a favorite material possession. Grieving can happen when we become more accepting of our own self. This is when we begin to let go of what we thought was us.