grief-myths

Day of the Dead / Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi in Santa Fe, NM

We’re not comfortable with death or for that matter, with grief. We live in a a society that considers death and talk about death a taboo. One that often thinks grieving loved ones should “be over it by now.” Oh, those grief myths.

But death is a universal and so is grief. They’ll both happen to us at some point, even if we’ve been untouched by them so far.  So let’s demystify some grief myths.

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A prompt from my Guided Journal through Grief, available here.

  1. Talking about the deceased person makes the surviving loved ones uncomfortable.  That’s just not true. Sharing memories of the person who has died can be a great comfort to the family. And if they share a story or two or three in return, well, there’s nothing better for grief than talking about those memories out loud. And having someone listen with a loving heart.
  2. A year is enough time to mourn. In fact, there is no set time for grief. It takes as long as it takes and that is a very individual thing. In some cases a loved one’s long illness provides them time to grieve their loss even before it has “officially” happened. Anticipatory grief is very real. I know this, myself, because I’ve experienced it. In other cases family and friends only begin the process after their loved one’s death. The grieving process is different for everyone.
  3.  If someone who grieves expresses sadness, grief or loneliness, it’s best to distract them by changing the subject. No. That’s the worst thing you can do. When others listen and even acknowledge our sadness and loneliness it is a comfort that helps ease the pain. Let them talk, cry, rail at the universe, whatever they need to do. Just listening is the best gift of all.
  4. If you don’t cry, you’re not grieving. Not true. Sometimes the shock of loss is numbing. Some people don’t like to cry publicly. And yes, sometimes, after a long, difficult illness, the first reaction is relief and that’s ok. Everyone grieves differently. Hugs are always appropriate responses to anyone’s grief.
  5. Surviving family members do not want to be reminded of their loss.  No. It is a gift to remember an anniversary of a loved one’s death and to tell a friend you are thinking of them at that time.
  6. The stages of grief are sequential. They’re not. How someone moves through the stages–or moves back and forth between them–is unique to that person. It’s not the orderly process we wish it were. The steps to transforming grief are different for everyone.

Some ideas on rituals to honor the dead from my Guided Journal through Grief.

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Transforming Grief affirmation deck and Guided Journal through Grief.

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