What...is...grief? Yes yes, we know we're a grief podcast after all but it's our mission to become a grief resource for any mom on any grief journey. And yes, that could even mean providing her with the right words she needs to help someone else understand what she's going through.
So from the tippy top. What is grief? Grief is a natural and complex emotion that we all experience at some point in our lives. It is a response to the loss of someone or something that we valued or cared about deeply. We at TGMC believe that grief can be about more than just the death of someone. Whether it is the loss of a loved one, a job, a relationship, or a dream, grief can be a powerful and overwhelming experience that affects every aspect of our lives.
Grief is a process, not a single event. It involves a wide range of emotions, including sadness, anger, guilt, and despair. These emotions can be intense and overwhelming, and they may come in waves, ebbing and flowing over time. As we always so, "Grief isn't linear." Grief can also affect us physically, causing symptoms such as fatigue, insomnia, loss of appetite, and physical pain.
We all have to remember that everyone experiences grief differently, and there is no right or wrong way to grieve. Some people may cry openly and express their emotions, while others may retreat and become more introspective. Some people may seek support from friends and family, while others may prefer to grieve alone. It is important to remember that grief is a personal journey and that there is no "normal" way to experience it. As long as you feel your feels and work through your grief that is. As our good friends at Ajana Therapy say, "The only way to is through."
The grieving process can be long and difficult, and it is important to seek support from others. Friends and family members can be a source of comfort and understanding, and they can help us to feel less alone in our grief. On the flip side, they can also hinder your grief journey progress, especially if they've lost the same person, so stay mindful of what is best for you. There are also many support groups and counseling services available for those who need additional help.
One of the most important things to remember about grief is that it is a natural and necessary part of the healing process. It is not something to be rushed or avoided, but something to be acknowledged and experienced fully. By allowing ourselves to grieve, we can come to terms with our loss and begin to move forward with our lives.
And of course when times get tough, just remember, you're a badass b and you've got this mama!