grief [greef]

1. keen mental suffering or distress over affliction or loss; sharp sorrow; painful regret.
2. a cause or occasion of keen distress or sorrow.

Grief is an complex human emotion. Grief, I have found usually occurs because of an unexpected loss or event in one's life. A lot of times when one of these life changing events happens, most people in your life are aware of it because it tends to be a big thing. Friends and family console you. They send you notes, give you hugs, and then they move on. The problem is... you don't.

I can't blame people for moving on. Unless they have directly experienced what I have (which they have no way of doing that), they can in no way understand how deeply my grief runs. They move forward with their lives as I try to cope. At times I feel like I have a handle on everything and then all it takes is a simple trigger... a name, a car, a song, and I break down and feel this ache that won't go away.

"When I tell them the way I feel, it’s like they hear me but they’re really not listening. They’re hearing what they want to hear, they’re not really listening to what I’m telling them." - Britney Spears

According to WebMD:

"Grief is your emotional reaction to a significant loss. The words sorrow and heartache are often used to describe feelings of grief. Whether you lose a beloved person, animal, place, or object, or a valued way of life (such as your job, marriage, or good health), some level of grief will naturally follow.

Grieving is a personal experience. Depending on who you are and the nature of your loss, your process of grieving will be different from another person's experience. There is no "normal and expected" period of time for grieving. Some people adjust to a new life within several weeks or months. Others take a year or more, particularly when their daily life has been radically changed or their loss was traumatic and unexpected.

A wide range of feelings and symptoms are common during grieving. While you are feeling shock, numbness, sadness, anger, guilt, anxiety, or fear, you may also find moments of relief, peace, or happiness. And although grieving is not simply sadness, "the blues," or depression, you may become depressed or overly anxious during the grieving process.

The stress of grief and grieving can take a physical toll on your body. Sleeplessness is common, as is a weakened immune system over time. If you have a chronic illness, grieving can make your condition worse."

Even dogs grieve. My family had two dogs, one of which died and left the other behind. The younger one had never known life without the other. He stopped eating. He couldn't sleep at night without the other dog's toy. He no longer chewed bones (they used to chew them together). He was more aggressive towards strangers and nervous all the time. We spoke to our vet who told us that dogs often grieve for months or even years. They feel things deeply.

This past year my family got another dog. Our older dog initially wasn't fond of the new intruder. But as times passed, he began to chew bones again, he calmed down, and gained an appetite again. It's gotten to the point that they have to be with each other at all times or they both will get really upset. He healed, he moved on.

In the May 1995 Ensign, Merrill J. Bateman, Presiding Bishop in the Church at the time gave a talk entitled "The Power to Heal from Within". In it he says the following:

"The prophet Alma also spoke of Christ’s healing power as he taught the Gideonites. Referring to Christ, Alma stated that he would go forth “suffering pains and afflictions and temptations of every kind; and this that the word might be fulfilled which saith he will take upon him the pains and the sicknesses of his people. … And he will take upon him their infirmities, that his bowels may be filled with mercy, … that he may know according to the flesh how to succor his people” (Alma 7:11–12). Whatever the source of pain, Jesus understands and can heal the spirit as well as the body."

I have been struggling with grief. I have been giving myself a hard time because I've been telling myself that I should be past this. I should no longer feel pain. I should no longer feel so sad at times. But as I've come to realize that grief is a real emotion that should be acknowledged. You feel it. It affects you. Everyone copes in their own time, and that's okay... because we are all different. It is okay for me to have tears fall that won't stop. It is okay to feel like my heart is being stomped on and crushed into a million pieces. Grief may be in the back of my mind at times, but it does not control my life. 

My Savior has gone through what I have. He understands. He can and will heal me. I know this. I testify of it. 



  1. It is hard to grieve. It is so personal.

    When I broke up with someone I loved beyond words, it more than shattered me. I grieved privately, all the time. I was so sad. I would try and not think about her, but she was all I could think about. I hoped that by going to work, it would help me focus on something else for a few hours of the day. The problem was my grieving was so deep, so complete, and so intense, I could not do my regular job without breaking down in front of my students- not something I would recommend, by the way. :) (But, in retrospect, my Jr. High students actually really helped me through my grief. I am glad I let them see it, and see me.)

    I feel the pain of your grieving. I wish I could make things better, or easier, less painful, less long for you. I know I cannot. And, you would not likely want me to. You will grieve until you do not need to.

    Until then, you have lots of love from unknown blog readers, such as myself. I am sending good energy your way. You are in my thoughts and prayers. Happy day! Duck

  2. Have you ever tried telling somebody about your feelings? Maybe a best friend? And if not, maybe someone who you know will never judge you and who loves you for who you are. Sometimes telling someone and letting it out can help. I know from experience that having a friend's love and support can do nothing but help the situation. I remember when I went through a break up and my best friend (girl) and one of my other best friends(guy) came to my apartment with candy and a soda and just gave my love all around. I don't know what I would've done without them. I seriously appreciate it so much and I will never forget that.
    Just think about it. If you aren't ready then it's okay. It's all on your time. Good luck with everything GMSW.

  3. It is ok to grieve! Over time new experiences and knowledge will give you more insight to look at what grieves you in new ways. God Bless!


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