If these feelings resonate, know that they are, indeed, a universal aspect of the grieving process. But in its midst, society often falls short, lacking the right words, tools, or understanding to offer solace. Such solitude can magnify the weight of grief, making the journey seem lonelier than ever.
But here’s a truth: Grief, in all its forms, is an intrinsic part of our human experience. Whether grappling with the loss of a loved one, navigating the aftermath of a divorce, mourning the loss of a job or purpose, or saying goodbye to a dear pet—each form of loss carries with it a unique grief.
Yet, while grief does not ask permission and often appears unbidden, overwhelming us, it does not have to be an anchor pulling us perpetually into sorrow.