By Lavern Nissley
Executive Director of Encompass
A friend of mine who lost his wife to cancer several years ago told me that the grief he experienced when coming back into the empty house alone was "suffocating". Difficult to breathe. Excruciating. Really painful. Awful.
Death is an inevitable feature of life on this planet, so we know it's going to happen. As my primary care doctor often remarks, "We're all going to die." So what are some ways to get through the grief period without crashing and burning?
Our own extended family has experienced three deaths since mid-November: our dad, 88; our daughter's father-in-law, 65; my brother's wife, 63. Each death is different, but they are all irreversible and final.
You may have experienced recent losses yourself, whether to COVID or a comorbidity.
"Grief is not a disorder, a disease, or a sign of weakness. It is an emotional, physical, and spiritual necessity, the price you pay for love. The only cure for grief is to grieve." -Earl Grollman
The following strategies are listed in Guideposts Through Grief developed by Ohio's Hospice and are exceptionally simple and practical.
Several I would add . . .
Our thoughts and prayers go out to you if you've recently lost loved ones and are on a journey of grief.
We know major losses due to death affects our relationships with others, and we're glad to help where we can -- a complimentary intake to chat would be a good starting point.
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Lavern & Ronda Nissley are co-directors of Encompass. Married since 1978, both enjoy coffee, riding their tandem bicycle and working together to build strong relationships.