Most people are not prepared for the grief journey, which at times can be devastating, frightening, and lonely. It may also seem as though there is no respite, and no end to the intense feelings that you experience.
The grief journey has been compared to enduring a fierce storm at sea. The waves are peaked and close together. Eventually the sea becomes calmer, but occasionally the storm regroups, strengthening without warning. For several hours, days, or weeks, you may not experience grief; then grief resumes. At times it may seem as though you are taking one step forward and two steps back. You may think, do and say things that are very uncharacteristic. You are not alone in feeling this way.
These are the first paragraphs of Coping With Grief, a free publication produced by The Christi Center to assist those who are grieving or who know someone who is grieving. Newly redesigned and updated, Coping With Grief contains useful information about what to expect on the grief journey, what to say to comfort a loved one or friend, and more information about the services we provide at The Christi Center.
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