You’ve lost someone you love. And it’s so hard.
Harder than you ever imagined, so much so that you feel it physically. It hurts.
You are perhaps shocked by a sudden loss. Shattered. You never expected this.
Or you have been worn down by a loved one’s chronic illness and the demands of being a caregiver. Now you are not sure how to act. You’re wondering what your new role in life is. How you will really live again. How you will find meaning in life again.
Grieving comes with such enormous challenges.
For example, how should I cope with the extraordinary sadness? What will help that get better? Am I supposed to feel it at all times? Is it okay if sometimes I don’t feel it?
You might be dealing with other difficult emotions, such as anger, guilt, shame, or even relief. This huge sea of emotion can rock your life and make it hard to work, relate to others, relax, or find enjoyment. You may feel as though you are in a daze.