Grief is more than just the loss of a loved one. Grief can also mean the loss of a relationship, employment, your home, a financial loss or even the loss of friend who has moved away or a sibling who won’t talk to you anymore. We also grieve when we think our life should have gone a certain way and it didn’t.
Listen to Sandra Champlain, creator of SurviveGrief.com as she talks about the many different kinds of grief with Dawn Katzin and Sara Vitale on Spiritual Perspectives Radio. Sandra will take you through her personal story of loss and guide you through the different stages of grieving. She’ll walk you through the ways you can tell if you or someone you know is going through the grieving process and then will give you advice and insight on how to make it through.
Sandra’s own story involves not only the loss of her grandmother and shortly afterwards of her father, but also the loss of her siblings, whom she stopped talking to after her father’s death. Sandra’s story recounts how she went through anticipatory grief: when you start the grief process of shock, denial, anger, bargaining and acceptance, during the days when she saw her father fight the cancer that would eventually take his life. She also describes the things she learned about herself and the courage she gained as a result of having gone through such a loss. In an effort to help others who are going through what she went through, Sandra created a free downloadable audio file called How to Survive Grief which you may find on SurviveGrief.com.
Most people can identify grief when someone has suffered an obvious loss of a loved one and give them time to go through the process. What most people don’t know is that losing a thing, person or an idea you love can also trigger grief. If we were able to identify it as such, we would be able to offer the support and encouragement that makes the process easier to go through. Sandra helps you identify the signs of grief which include: having no energy, feeling exhausted all the time, feeling empty inside, always wanting to be alone, being unable to sleep or eat or sleeping/eating too much, having a lot of arguments and miscommunication, forgetfulness, poor work performance, fear, sadness, anger and guilt.
Sandra will say that the best way through the grieving process is to be present in the moment, identify it as grief, and just live it out. Just go through the process and allow you and/or your loved ones to go through with it.
Listen to these ideas and much, much more on the Spiritual Perspectives Interview.
To listen to the interview click here.
To learn more about Sandra Champlain go here.
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