My first thought in writing this next grief note, is to wish you, the readers, a Happy Easter, A Happy Passover, and a Happy Springtime. May these occurrences fill you with hopefulness and joy as you proceed through your grief journey.
We will now look at one thing that could help us to move forward in grief. Learning about all of the aspects of grief is very helpful to the person who is going through the process. Fortunately, there are many wonderful books, articles, and periodicals that explore the many facets of grieving. These are written by professionals who have specialized in grief education and grief counseling, as well as by persons who have walked the road of grief and choose to share their insights and learned experiences. Knowing what can possibly be of help to us in our journey is quite important.
Our libraries and bookstores, as well as articles on the internet, provide a vast amount of information on the topics loss and grieving. Several decades ago none of that information was available to grieving persons, so we are fortunate indeed.
Some who are grieving may find it difficult to focus on or comprehend well information on the topic of grief. This is so in the early months of grieving when there is a strong sense of dishevelment pervading one’s being. Even some avid readers have lost that sense of comprehension early in grief. That wonderful ability to enjoy books will return in time, however. In the meantime, choosing to read shorter articles or topics on grief that may be of interest is very helpful. A lot of grief education of this type occurs in many Grief Support Groups.
Caring friends will sometimes offer us books on the topics of grief and loss as a way of reaching out to us. If you are not ready to read those books at the time they are received, just put them aside for a later date when they will become a treasure to you.
So, I invite you to learn more about grief from books, periodicals, and articles. They will provide you with gems of wisdom and a better understanding of your own grieving.