This is the first in a four-part series about programs that offer support for grief. Before we get to those programs, let’s start with a basic definition of grief. Grief is the normal and natural reaction to loss. But even though that’s true, the reality is that most of what we learn about dealing with grief is not normal, not natural, and sadly, not helpful.
We’ve all seen them in our Facebook feeds. A fallen serviceman or police officer is being remembered by his or her family and friends, and those in the community are asked to share the post to honor that person's life.
One of the difficulties with hearing "time heals all wounds" — it doesn't; please read our blog post on this topic — is that sometimes people will then expect that, not only will "all wounds" be healed, but that it can be done in a set amount of time.
As you walk through grief, you may feel like there are myriad sensory landmines waiting to be triggered: seeing that picture in the hall, passing that special place you used to go together, sorting through personal items, or recognizing a sound or smell that reminds you of that person.