Grief is the normal and natural reaction to loss. Grief is the conflicting feelings caused by the end of or change in a familiar pattern of behavior.
I recently asked an adult peer support group to define grief. Their answers were at times eloquent, and at times the stating of raw emotion. They talked about how grief feels in their bodies, and of how it affects the mind. But no one really understood or could express what caused those feelings.
Grief is the feeling of reaching out for someone who’s always been there for you, only to discover when you need them one more time, they are no longer there.
The quotes above come from the “Grief Recovery Handbook”, the basis for the Grief Recovery Method (GRM). When I wrote about Fog Busting last week, Lois Hall left a comment about the Grief Recovery Method: “I believe the Grief Recovery Method is that next step – indeed teaching us the new skills needed to complete with the past so that we can indeed be more present in the present… leading to the next future. Many have found this to be the case, in my experience. Thanks for writing!”
Lois Hall has been using GRM since 1998, and been teaching GRM certification classes since 2002. She’s a lovely and engaging person to chat with. And she knows her stuff, having had a distinguished career in public health in addition to her GRM work.
Cee and I took the Grief Recovery Method certification training a year ago. When I signed up for it, my friends in the grief community thought I was wasting my time. I’d been doing grief groups for nine years. What more could I possibly learn?
A lot more, as it turned out. GRM could explain grief in a way that gave me an understanding and insight that I lacked. It gave me a practical way to demystify grief. Beyond that, it is the single most effective way to recover from grief that I have ever seen.
Get the book. Read it with a highlighter and pen in hand. You will see a lot of your story there. Then go to the Grief Recovery Method site and find a group class or a specialist in your area who does one on one sessions.
Hugs and blessings to all of you struggling with grief. There is a way out, and a brighter future.