Dealing with Grief
A little inspiration for dealing with grief.
Upworthy is sharing this letter from Myra Sack on the anniversary of the passing of her daughter Havi Lev Goldstein. Loss affects everyone differently and nothing can prepare us for the loss of a young child. But as this letter beautifully demonstrates, grief is not something to be ignored or denied. We hope the honest words and feelings shared below can help you or someone you know who is processing grief of their own.
Grief can be thought of as a reaction to loss. Most often we think of grief as occurring following the loss of a beloved person, but other losses can cause grief as well, such as death of a beloved pet, a best friend who moves away, declining health as result of a serious illness, a financial crisis, or loss of a home.
Jenny Dilts is a top-rated Grief Coach who guides people to the light vistas of living with purpose and intention after experiencing the dark painful valleys of shadow and death. As a Grief Coach who specializes in individual transformation, she accompanies people internationally as they deal with grief that comes not only from death, but also from loss and change.
One day it hit me, everyday grief is not normalized nor validated in society. We are so quick to acknowledge the death of someone but not quick enough to acknowledge ended relationships, loss of a job, divorces, loss of finances, loss of friendships, miscarriages, loss of identity, expectations, aging, or retirement.
Grief for people we have lost or people we might be losing, grief for an imperiled planet, for hardship, and change. “Poetry is the closest grief has to expression in language,” wrote Ilyse Kusnetz. Here are some books to open when nights are heavy and hard.