Anxiety was shaking my body like a baby with a rattle, sending the contents of my stomach on an endless free fall.
I wasn’t sick, and nothing had happened, but it was Thanksgiving; and I was on my way to visit my late partner’s family.
The whole world is in a crisis; but for those of us who were grieving before COVID, the world had already fallen apart.
Megan Devine, psychotherapist and author of It’s OK That You’re Not OK: Meeting Grief and Loss in a Culture That Doesn’t Understand, posted a YouTube video acknowledging how one’s grief can feel like it has gone unnoticed during the pandemic.
The first man I gave my number to after being widowed was a half-drunk traveler to the U.S. who wasn’t sure how to get to his Brooklyn apartment.
“Uber should be able to get me home,” he said, stepping off the high-end luxury yacht we had been on for the past six hours.
Grief does not end after we’ve wished our final goodbyes. If you want to support someone who is experiencing loss, know that you are most needed after the funeral is over, and when the shock wears off.
When it comes to grief, receiving a ton of information at once can feel overwhelming. Social media is often a helpful go-to resources to connect with others, feel validated in our loss, and learn about grief.
Here are a few Instagram accounts we recommend that you check out and follow as you navigate this challenging journey.
At age 12, Danica Thurber lost her father to a sudden heart attack. She then experienced a string of other losses, including her desire to hold it all together. Thurber says that “grief threatened to engulf me.” Always an artist, she began painting pain and death alongside the beautiful parts of life and discovered that this would be a healing process for her. “It took me years, and a lot of support, to find personal healing,” she said, “and along the way, I began to reach out to others who had experienced loss.” Thurber is now a Therapeutic Art Life Coach, a fine artist and art teacher. She and her husband founded Project Grief, an online school that teaches art as a tool for personal grief recovery. The school is for anyone who’s experienced a loss and shows them how to translate intangible, painful feelings onto a visible canvas. In…
A common effect of grief is feeling guilty about what we think we could or should have done, and sometimes, what we did do.