As part of loss, we grieve. Grief is the feelings that are inside of us.
We can feel silly grieving if it doesn’t involve the loss of a loved one. We may think that we should buck up, keep a stiff upper lip, and that we should carry on as if nothing happened.
But the loss of a job–even one we hated–or the break-up of a marriage, or any other transition–even ones we’ve longed for such as finally getting out on your own or finally retiring–can trigger grief.
It is perfectly normal to grieve your loss. Here are a few quotes to help you through:
The friend who can be silent with us in a moment of despair or confusion, who can stay with us in an hour of grief and bereavement, who can tolerate not knowing, not curing, not healing, and face with us the reality of our powerlessness, that is a friend who cares. ~Henri J.M. Nouwen
I remember my aunt telling me however I chose to handle this would be the right way. There isn’t a handbook or a script. You just take it as it comes, one day at a time. ~Kayla
Loss and heartache do not define you. They are only one part of your story. ~Unknown
The deeper that sorrow cares into your being the more joy you can contain. Is not the up that holds your wine the very cup that was burned in the potter’s oven? ~Kahlil Gibran
The darker the night, the brighter the stars; the deeper the grief, the closer is God! ~Fyodor Dostoyevsky
What feels like the end is often a new beginning. ~Unknown
A reminder: when you are dealing with a grief, reach out to others. Counselors, religious leaders, and other professionals are trained to help. Also, friends and loved ones can offer comfort and support.
Your Friend and Pep Pal,