Everyone experiences loss. There are over 40 different types of loss ranging from the physical death of a person or pet to the loss of a job, home, faith, self-esteem, money, health, etc.
Losses accumulate within us, and if not processed and resolved, will create, at the very least a feeling of being stuck in life, right through to serious illness, aches and pains that can't be explained, depression, anxiety, overwhelm. These presenting symptoms of grief are often misdiagnosed.
Grief is a normal and natural response to loss.
However, because grief is not understood in our society, it is almost taboo to engage in.
Why? because we are not comfortable with other people's 'sad' emotions, we don't know what to say or what to do, so we wrongly encourage the grieving person to .." just get over it".
This is absurd, and can actually make the situation worse for the person who is experiencing the loss and feeling the devastating effects of grief.
Grief needs to be processed properly. Time will not heal the grief we carry. This is incorrect. The correct action steps towards recovery are what heals a person from their state of grief and allows them to carry on with their life with a healed heart, renewed vitality, hope, and restored happiness!
The Moving Towards Healing Group is a monthly gathering of people who have experienced loss of some kind.
It provides a degree of support and fellowship, which can be very comforting for those who are in emotional pain.
For deeper healing, there is the Grief Recovery Method process. Information about this process can be found on my website if you are interested.
If you, or someone you know, are experiencing the effects of grief due to any type of loss, I encourage you to either come out to this monthly one-hour meeting, (the last Thursday of the month, however, check with the Library for any changes in their hours) or join a private one-on-one session.
Cricket-Olivia Forfar, Grief Recovery Method Specialist
Thank you Cricket-Olivia Forfar for contributing this guest blog. The Moving Towards Healing Support Group meets at the Beaverton Branch on the last Thursday of the month. *Note due to library holiday closure, the August and December meetings will be held on the third Thursday.