Grief is not a disorder, a disease or a sign of weakness. It is an emotional, physical and spiritual necessity, the price you pay for love. The only cure for grief is to grieve.
If you are recovering from grief and loss, the unthinkable has happened to you. The tragedy is that someone very dear to you has been taken away from you, and you are heart broken.
I would first like to extend my deepest sympathies and condolences to you and your family.
Welcome, you have found a place to help you recover and heal. We are here to help you find the straight answers to your most important questions. We want to give you some practical advice and best of all, hope.
You are experiencing one of the most painful feelings any human may endure. For when we love, we also feel great loss. No one can tell you they know how you feel, that they understand the depths of your pain. You will never forget this terrible loss. You will always have the feelings of love for the person you lost. They will never leave your heart or your memories.
I started this section on the site, to help you through this time. You are not alone. I have lost my parents and my oldest son, in the past. I want you to know, grief is a process, a journey of healing and accepting. As hard as it is to realize now, I want you to know that there is hope that things will get better.
They may not ever be the same, because you will have changed. Grief is about healing and accepting a new life, a life without your lost loved one in it.
Right now you may feel overwhelmed, lost, and feeling as if you do not belong anywhere. Life feels surreal. Grief is uncharted territory for you.
More on…Are You Recovering From Grief and Loss? My name is Diane and I am a Registered Nurse, and webmaster of this site.
I have worked and comforted many families traumatized by the loss of a loved one. I, too, lost my mother when I was 18 years old. My father when I was 45. Most recently, I lost my oldest son, a disabled soldier, to suicide. He was 35 years old. Each of these losses had a major impact on my life and left me heart broken.
A day does not go by, that I see a family caregiver post about the death of a family member. I developed this section on my site, to help others find ways to make their journey bearable. I wanted to help others find ways to express their grief in healthy and creative ways.
Recovering from grief and loss is a long and painful journey. There are better days ahead. Days filled with joy and happiness. I am here to help you find them.
As a new service for my caregivers, this site will grow and expand over time.
To meet your needs, I have created these resources for you:
Signs and Symptoms of Grief and When to Seek Help -learn what is normal, and realize you are not crazy
Creative Ways to Express Grief - poetry, artwork, music are wonderful ways to express your feelings. Share your work here.
“You will lose someone you can’t live without,and your heart will be badly broken, and the bad news is that you never completely get over the loss of your beloved. But this is also the good news. They live forever in your broken heart that doesn’t seal back up. And you come through. It’s like having a broken leg that never heals perfectly—that still hurts when the weather gets cold, but you learn to dance with the limp.”
― Anne Lamott