December 8, 2019

Grief: Dealing with Life Changes



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“Blessed are ye that hunger now: for ye shall be filled. Blessed are ye that weep now: for ye shall laugh.”-- Luke 6:21 (KJV)

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Thanks for reading!
I am not a health professional. I’m just concerned about the judgment and misunderstanding regarding the grief process. I want to promote awareness of this devastating and universal emotion. I listed the sources for this article at the bottom.
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What is Grief?

Wikipedia calls it a “deep sorrow”. There are two categories: physical and social. It is a natural response to a variety of losses:
  • Death of a loved one (pet or human)
  • Unemployment/Retirement/Career Change
  • End of a relationship
  • Ill health

The Mayo Clinic goes deeper: Grief is a strong, sometimes overwhelming emotion. Sufferers might feel numb and removed from daily happenings. This is similar to the feeling of being an outside, detached observer of your own life.

The Grief Recovery Blog expands the definition even more: “Grief is the conflicting feelings caused by the end of, or change in, a familiar pattern of behavior.”

How do we Cope With Grief?
  • Realize we can’t control the process. (Let it go.)
  • Understand why we’re suffering
  • Talk to others. (Don’t isolate yourself.)
  • Recognize the mourning process can last for months or years.

My Conclusion

Grief is everywhere. There is joy and sadness in every life change. Many transformations in life can bring us an empty, sad feeling—or worse. The sufferer will probably resent being forced into a new, usually unwanted, reality. A person may also wonder if that gaping hole (of loss) will ever be filled in. The scriptures say God’s there to lift us out of the pit:

“The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised,”-- Luke 4:18 (KJV)
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“Thou hast heard my voice: hide not thine ear at my breathing, at my cry.
Thou drewest near in the day that I called upon thee: thou saidst, Fear not.
O Lord, thou hast pleaded the causes of my soul; thou hast redeemed my life.”-- Lamentations 3:56-58 (KJV)
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“Then he said unto them, Go your way, eat the fat, and drink the sweet, and send portions unto them for whom nothing is prepared: for this day is holy unto our Lord: neither be ye sorry; for the joy of the Lord is your strength.”--Nehemiah 8:10 (KJV)

Stay tuned. Next week’s writing will be about how to interact with people who are grieving.

Sources
  1. https://www.mayoclinic.org/patient-visitor-guide/support-groups/what-is-grief
  2. https://www.griefrecoverymethod.com/blog/2013/06/best-grief-definition-you-will-find
  3. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Grief

  
How are you handling life’s changes?

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