We all experience things that cause us grief, although that may be different things for different people or at different times in our lives. It often doesn’t get the attention it deserves because it involves emotions. The first thing that jumps into most people’s minds is grief over the loss of a loved one, but there are many other grief provoking issues each of which may need in it’s own way to be honored and dealt with so we can grow and strengthen from it. There are actually some books titled ‘Good Grief’ as well as many other books on various aspects of grief, that can be sources of help IF you recognize that is the issue you are dealing with. However, grief can be hard to recognize. We often don’t think about grief being the cause of an emotional storm that seems to hit from nowhere, until someone reminds you it is the anniversary of some significant loss in your life, or the birthday of a departed loved one. We also don’t tend to recognize that we often grieve over many kinds of changes that can happen in our lives – moves, job changes or losses, changes in financial status, health issues that limit us so we grieve our independence, the loss of our ‘youth’, the break up of a family, especially for a child, and many kinds of changes that take us from one life condition to another that we may not be as happy about – at least initially. It is sometimes brought on by the loss of a beloved public figure – like Princess Diana – because it severs a connection to someone that symbolizes something of value to us. Her son Prince Harry actually addressed that recently on Mad World, a British Blog Talk show, and stressed the family’s desire to raise mental health awareness. Today’s program will help you learn to recognize and address grief issues in your life so you can deal with them and move forward.
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