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Our mistaken ideas about grief

A lovely friend sent this to me yesterday, from @selfloverainbow, and I couldn’t love it more.

When I discovered the 5 stages of grief, my first reaction was outrage – how dare anyone tell me how I should be feeling, and when? Of course, this isn’t the intention at all, but I think there’s already so much societal pressure to ‘get over’ grief and put on a happy face so we don’t make others feel uncomfortable.

In reality, grief is messy and long and *so effing hard*. I could not (and cannot) believe how hard it is. It gets easier, of course, as the shock wears off and you become accustomed to life without the person you’ve lost. But I think it’s really important that we change the narrative from grief being something you ‘get over’ to grief being something you learn to live with.

To all those in the early, dark days of grief – I see you. I’ve been there. There is, in fact, light at the end of the tunnel and you will one day feel effortlessly okay again, even though that feels impossible right now.

Sending so much love to all of us who are invisibly wounded by love… We’re all in this together ❤️

#grief #griefawareness #griefjourney #griefsucks

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