When we lose someone or something we tend to experience significant pain and suffering. As a therapist, I encounter people dealing with grief and loss on many levels.
Death is an unavoidable and painful experience for the living. When someone dies the living have their own death experience.
Grief comes to almost everyone at some point in their life. It seems as if we also cannot escape the pain of others who are experiencing grief. The news, social media and air waves inundate us with countless tragedies such as, unexpected deaths, suicides, miscarriages, cancers, accidents and other heartbreaking tragedies.
“Her fireman died.” These were the poignant words of my toddler son, as he pointed to a woman in the grocery store. Of course, he was not aware of the weight of his statement.
Have you ever felt sad and happy at the same time? It’s an odd feeling trying to reconcile two opposite emotions.