No matter where you are on your grief journey, I encourage you to do something each day that you find healing and connective. It might be making yourself a nourishing bowl of soup… calling an old friend… or letting the tears flow… Being kind to yourself helps you find the path towards wholeness.
Those of you who follow the Zenspirations® blog are familiar with my ‘morning journaling practice’, where I begin each day with a pen in my hand, journaling the thoughts and prayers in my heart. When I am disciplined enough to do this, I am better able to stay grounded, and feel a connection to something bigger than myself.
I often journal about connection, and wanted to share a couple of examples with you.
Grief does not work on a linear timeframe. There are still some days, even six+ years after my husband died, that I feel shattered and untethered. On the days my heart aches, I tend to write about loss and healing:
For most of us, losing someone we love is the greatest challenge we will ever face. Grief sears your soul and imperceptibly colors your view of the world. When newly bereaved, it can take every ounce of strength you can muster just to get through the day. Remember to breathe… taking a few deep, cleansing breaths each day is another way you can help yourself heal.
Wherever you are on your grief journey, I wish you beautiful memories that bring you a sense of peace.
Remember, you are NOT alone,
Joanne, this is a lovely article. Knowing you and your journey, we couldn’t be more proud of you,Jonathan and Samantha. We know it takes a village-you have created an amazing one. We love you.