Do you get stuck on the word “recovery” when referring to grief?
I sometimes did, too.
So I found other ways to describe what it is that the Grief Recovery Method helps us do. Living beyond loss. Releasing the pain of loss. Grief rehab. Grief and loss wellness.
When we are faced with losses in life, especially the hardest ones, there are changes that can never be undone. Our person is no longer there, our health is challenged by a diagnosis, our dreams are not going to come to fruition, whatever it may be has changed forever. But we aren’t sentenced to a life of misery unless we impose that sentence on ourselves.
Please, don’t let a word keep you from experiencing life to the fullest following loss, even the hardest losses. We don’t ever tell you that you won’t feel sad or miss who or what is gone, that is not what we mean by “recovery” from grief. Call it something else, if you need to. I’ll let Cole James from the Grief Recovery Institute explain::
My colleague Steven Reeder says it like this when people ask what it means to “recover” from grief:
“Grief is indeed a normal and natural response to loss. Yet most people learn many limiting beliefs and opinions about the grieving process, often at an early age, that prevent them from addressing those feelings in a healthy way. This is how people can get stuck feeling “it will never get easier,” which can feel crippling at times. GRM [Grief Recovery Method] is an evidence-based process that allows people to acquire the skills they should have been taught in childhood that allow them to deal with loss directly. While it’s still not an easy task, it allows the grieving person to not just cope, but address and release the unresolved and incomplete feelings and emotions that make grief linger on. I wish you well in your healing process.”
Another colleague puts it this way:
“I often will use analogies/metaphors of physical healing…recovery from a terrible car accident over time involves everything from surgery, physical therapy, and eventually living with some scars/aches/tenderness. We’ll never be who we were before – grief changes us, but it is about living into life again.”
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