Visit the official website at: National Grief Awareness Day
To learn more about grief, please read my past posts:
If you know of any other wonderful resources on grief, please feel free to comment. My heart goes out to all those who are grieving.
This is who you leave behind when you commit suicide. My heart goes out to all those who are grieving tonight. Hang in there, the pain WILL ease in time.
You who could not stand to hurt the smallest of creatures, how could you end your life so violently? You who knew that I could not stand to see an injured animal, how could you leave me to find my heart and soul in a pool of blood? Oh my God! Please just don’t let this be real, or please let me escape the images and the pain.
Yet I know in my heart that in your darkest hour that morning, you did not wish to hurt me. I just have to believe this. Today I don’t see any way to keep living, but I must because of our son. How I would love to sleep forever and let the pain go.
From a wonderful new blog I have just discovered, written by someone with great insight into life and especially death. Please check out the blog of a mortuary mouse.
- Pet Grief: National Day of Mourning Established (lawandmore.typepad.com)
- Loss: 4 Ways to Move Forward and Counter If-Only Guilt (psychologytoday.com)
- How to Help a Grieving Person (littleblogoflettinggo.com)
<continued from “Grief: WHAT is it? WHY is it?”>
Grief can be defined as the emotional reaction to a loss.
Mourning can be described as the process of adaptation or adjustmentto the loss.
It is necessary to point the difference out between those words, which are often used interchangeably.
They are related but not synonymous.
In the last post, I talked about grief as being a ‘necessary evil’ due to the fact that we assign or attach value and make emotional investments in other people (or things, ideas, or abstractions). When we lose someone important in our personal lives, we react at first. We are hurt, saddened, devastated. But we cannot remain in this state of being in perpetuity; we need to find ways…
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I received a very compelling and thought provoking comment on my post, They Don’t Want to Die. They Just Want Attention. You can read the entire comment, as well as my reply there. But to sum up, Wren challenged my use of the phrase “suicide survivor” as applying to those left behind after the suicide of a loved one. Here is an excerpt of that comment:
“I know what people mean when they say “suicide survivor” – that a loved one has taken their own life. I’m unaware of any other disease or condition that people die from where others call themselves “survivors of.” Relatives of people who have died of cancer don’t call themselves “cancer survivors.” Instead, they have lost a loved one TO cancer…