Grief

I saw this twice on Facebook today and it really hit me. It is SO very true. I’m sure that collectively, you and I could easily add more true statements to this. I wish I knew who wrote it to give them proper credit.

I am reposting it here, so I will always have it and so that anyone who may stumble on this blog will find it useful as well.

Whether it is because I am getting older or the fact that we are in the middle of this whole Covid pandemic crap, the truth is that I have seen more death in the past two years than I care to. I’m not just talking about the overabundance of famous people who are dying, but the normal every day people in life – classmates, parents of friends, spouses, teachers, fathers, mothers, siblings, grandparents, co-workers, etc… My Facebook feed provides at least two to three links to obituaries a day now.

Many of my friends are still trying to cope with losses that are VERY fresh in their minds. I hope that this helps you or someone you may know who is currently dealing with grief – or has been dealing with it for some time.

Grief

Grief doesn’t just show up the day they die

Grief shows up on a random Monday night

Grief shows up in aisle five at the grocery store

Grief shows up when they’re favorite song comes on the radio

Grief shows up at the dining room table

Grief shows up at your graduation and wedding

Grief shows up in the delivery room when they aren’t by your side or in the pictures

Grief shows up on those sleepless nights

Grief shows up when the phone rings and it isn’t them

Grief shows up when you go to dial their number and realize they’ll never answer again

Grief shows up time and time again always unexpected and never invited

Grief doesn’t just show up the day they die

This chart could not be more true….

8 thoughts on “Grief

  1. So true. This post really resonated with me. People often think that after a year or so, that’s it. You’re done. Grief doesn’t expire. Once you realize that, at least you won’t feel ‘faulty’ or ‘wrong’, when it hits you again and again, years later, when you think you should be long ‘over’ it. There is no getting ‘over’ it. You learn to live with it, sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn’t. The grief will always be part of you. I’ve learned that this isn’t necessarily a bad thing. I have grown through grief. I have learned a lot about gratitude. It still sucks. And yet, it’s part of who I am. Thanks for sharing this, Keith! The illustration is bang on!

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