The message from this week's grief news is simple: Grief is not a mental illness! It's important for people to know that and here's why:
Me, my grief and I - a frank and honest grief memoir, which takes you on a three-year journey through life in the aftermath of losing a long-term partner.
Christmas is one of the most testing times for all of us grieving the death of a loved one and it makes us do irrational things. Here's the worst thing I did whilst grieving at Christmas.
However you feel at the time, there comes a point in your life as a single person when you begin to consider dating after the death of your loved one. We are all humans, we like company and there is nothing wrong with that. Nobody is likely to replace your loss but that's not a reason to put your barriers up and deny yourself happiness with someone else... eventually.
This Christmas is for being happy and listening to happy songs. Here are my Top 5 Christmas songs to avoid if you are grieving the death of a loved one:
Grieving the sudden loss of my partner has been a challenge. The first two years were the most testing ones. I struggled with loneliness, suicidal thoughts, confidence, identity and being. The only way to convert that negativity into something useful, was to start a new project. It took me a good six months to find the drive and put all that energy to good use. See how that helped me in my grieving process.
Losing my partner two and half years ago was the single most devastating thing that happened to me. I stayed at home crying until I had no more tears. Then things began to fall into place and I started living again. Here is how grieving helped me shape my future:
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