Grief is a feeling, and as each and every one of over 8 billion of us is a unique individual, no two people feel anything exactly the same. Grief is personal.
In the dictionary grief is described as
"intense sorrow, especially caused by someone's death"
Grief isn't just about death. We can grieve for all sorts of things, a place, a person, a pet, a habit, a life once lived, our youth, oftentimes alcohol and drug dependant people may grieve the loss of the experience, the high, or the person they were at that time, we can grieve our childhoods, the loss of our independence and so much more.
Recently I have noticed a lot of posts on social media about people having down days, low mood, feeling sad days. Even the most positive influencers admitting that they woke up feeling low and just can't pin point it.
We are in the middle of a pandemic, we have been here now for over a year, it would suggest that we are grieving the simplest of things such as being with our friends and family, grieving for life without so many restrictions, facemasks and uncertainty. It stands to reason that we are all at times, grieving the loss of some of the things we knew so well pre pandemic.
Grief specialist David Kessler agrees, in his latest podcast on Under The Skin, he talks about grief in a pandemic and the grief of losing his Mother and his 21 year old Son.
There are 5 stages of grief according to Elizabeth Kubler Ross MD are:
David with the permission of the Kubler - Ross family has added a 6th stage of grief - MEANING and has written a new book about finding meaning in grief.
There are lots of incredible resources from David and other grief specialists to help you or those that you love at::
Locally in Lincoln St Barnabas offer Grief and bereavement support to anyone.
Grief is unique, grief is personal and there is help and support out there, when you are ready the important thing is to find it.