Understanding the signs to look out for in yourself or loved ones is important so that you can find the help necessary to heal.
Everyone’s grief journey is different, but understanding the 7 stages can be a great first step.
“I grieved at 36 years old for something that happened over half my life ago, and it was the best gift that I could give myself.”
“I wasn’t expecting the wind to be knocked out of me. I wasn’t expecting to be transported back to a time in my life when everything made sense on paper, yet nothing made sense in my head, or my heart. All I could think about was that on June 16, 2016, he was alive, and then 8 days later, he wasn’t.”
“Grief is an unavoidable human experience but America has done a bang up job of making a mockery of these uncomfortable emotions while pushing toxic positivity to the forefront.”
“When in doubt, send the card. Bereaved parents will always remember who acknowledged their child and their loss.”
“If you are the friend of someone who has lost a close loved one, I’m begging you to check in on them. Just because they’re able to ‘do life’ doesn’t mean they are magically healed.”
“I thought by now my life would be normal again, I would be healed, everything would be okay… but that’s just not how grief works.”
“After 3 years, I have learned a variety of lessons.”
“It is estimated that 115 people are exposed to a single suicide, with 1 in 5 reporting this experience had a devastating impact or caused a major-life disruption. We need to bond together.”