The Individual Nature of Grief
Grief is an emotional reaction caused by an important loss in our lives. Each of us carries our own history, shaping the way we express and experience grief. It’s crucial to remember that we should never judge another person’s grieving process based on our own reality. Grieving is a deeply personal journey, and everyone has the right to navigate it in their own way.

The Unpredictable Experience of Grief
One of the most common questions people ask is how they will experience grief. Although we might have an idea of how we might react, we can never know for sure. When faced with the loss of a loved one, our reactions can vary widely: we might scream, cry, or remain silent. We may share our grief with others or keep it to ourselves. Some find solace in writing their thoughts in a journal, while others turn to their religious beliefs for comfort. Learning to live through the process of grief is essential.

The Rollercoaster of Emotions
Grief is like a rollercoaster – it has its ups and downs, sometimes in sudden and jarring ways, other times more subtly, but it is never constant. It is unreasonable to assume that we can dictate a person’s grieving timeline. Often, just when we think the most challenging part is over, an anniversary, a birthday, or a special date can trigger a renewed sense of loss and pain. It’s vital to allow our hearts to experience these feelings fully, without repression.

Facing the Waves of Grief

Feelings of grief can hit us like a huge wave. When we see that wave approaching, we have three choices: we can ride it to the shore, run away from it, or dive into it. The best option, much like with grief, is to ride it. By facing and experiencing our grief, we honor our emotional journey and continue our life path.

The Right to Grieve
Grieving is a natural and necessary response to loss. It is our right to grieve, to feel the depth of our emotions, and to express them in ways that are true to us. Whether through tears, silence, writing, or prayer, our grief deserves to be acknowledged and respected.

Embracing Your Grieving Process

What are you experiencing right now? Take a piece of paper and write down your feelings – this simple act may help you release them and bring a sense of peace. Remember, your grief is valid, and your way of grieving is uniquely yours. Embrace it, and let it guide you through your healing journey.

From my heart to yours,

Ligia M. Houben