“I had my own notion of grief. I thought it was the sad time that followed death of someone you love and you had to push through it to get to the other side. But I’m learning there is no other side. There is no pushing through but rather, there is absorption, adjustment, acceptance. And grief is not something you complete, but rather, you endure. Grief is not a task to finish and move on, but an element of yourself-an alteration of your being. A new way of seeing. A new definition of Self.” – Gwen Flowers
It is never too late to grieve a loss, whether it is for a loved one or some other life defining moment.
One way to know if you need something “more,” is to notice if there is an event that has happened that you feel on the inside, is not yet complete. Ways to recognize this would be noticing if there is:
- a “niggling” feeling when you think of someone or an event from the past
- there is something you want to talk to others about but you worry they don’t want to hear about it “again”
- there is something you are wrestling with that you feel no one else would understand
In a one on one session, or in a group setting, we can explore these themes and work together to create a ritual that can bring closure, a sense of peace, or brings clarity about the next step on your healing journey.
Grief rituals do not replace grief or bereavement counseling, but are a good addition to other healing modalities.