While there are commonalities in experience, grief’s manifestation is unique to each individual. There is not one other living being who will understand exactly how you feel or the subtleties of your specific connection. No other person; knew your person, your animal companion, or your situation in the exact way you did (and do). They do not know the many nuances that existed between them and you. They cant know what made them uniquely them, you uniquely you, and your connection uniquely yours. It is these nuances of relationship that make this process both complex and sacred. And, this is as it should be.
It is a process that can’t be rushed, at times won’t find comfort, and that must be honoring of you and your important other or situation. Take your time and know in whatever way you need to make sense of your loss, it is ok. It was your connection – it belonged (and belongs) to you.
In our world today, it seems loss is all around us. This makes it all the more important to have access to solid information and resources. I have found working through grief, is every bit as personal as one’s specific loss. Taking in new information may not be possible in the beginning. And, as time moves forward (as it inevitably will) one may be unable to move forward with it. In this event accessing support is highly important. Following are a list of potential resources to assist, as one is ready to take them in.
Hospice Foundation of America~National Hotline: 1-800-227-2345
Hospice Foundation: https://hospicefoundation.org/Grief-(1)
Hospice~ End of Life Care: https://www.cancer.org/treatment/end-of-life-care/hospice-care/how-to find.html#:~:text=Hospice%20care%20providers%20also%20are%20listed%20in%20the,on%20Aging%20or%20a%20local%20United
David Kessler’s Daily On-line (Facebook based) Grief Group:https://www.facebook.com/IamDavidKessler
David Kessler: Finding Meaning: The Sixth Stage of Grief
Elisabeth Kübler-Ross and David Kessler: Life Lessons: Two Experts on Death and Dying Teach Us About the Mysteries of Life and Living
Elisabeth Kübler-Ross, David Kessler, et al: On Grief and Grieving: Finding the Meaning of Grief Through the Five Stages of Loss
Elisabeth Kübler-Ross MD: On Death and Dying: What the dying have to teach doctors, nurses, clergy, and their own family
Brene Browm: Podcast with David Kessler on Finding the meaning of Grief
Brene Brown: Short Videos on Shame and Vulnerability:
https://www.bing.com/videos/search?q=Brene+Brown+SHme+and+blamne&docid=608046757947837660&mid=0BBB896B86730C116EE50BBB896B86730C116EE5&view=detail&FORM=VIRELADONNA REMY MSW, LICSW: PERSPECTIVE ON TRAUMAEDIT
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