5th October 2022
Grief is a perfectly natural and human response to loss. You shouldn’t punish yourself for grieving or feeling overwhelmed by sadness. We all need to process the loss as it can stir up all kinds of emotions, such as shock, disbelief, anger, guilt and sadness. We need to accept these feelings as part of the grieving process and work through them, knowing that time will dull the sharp edges of grief and our memories will be with us forever, providing comfort and happiness for the rest of our lives.
As a bereavement counsellor in Harrogate and online, I understand that coping with losing someone close to you is one of the hardest challenges you will ever face in life. But overcome it you will, and although life will be different, you will find a way to move past the grief that you are feeling right now.
Here are some quotes about grief for you to consider, to help you realise that even though you feel alone, grief is just part of life, and it touches everyone.
“Grieving doesn’t make you imperfect. It makes you human.” – Sarah Dressen
I love this simple quote as it reminds us to focus on the fact that grieving is part of the human condition. We are all destined to experience it in our lives, and it is a perfectly natural process to go through.
“We never lose our loved ones. They accompany us; they don’t disappear from our lives. We are merely in different rooms.” – Paulo Coelho
This quote, from novelist Paulo Coelho, is perfect because it makes us remember that the memory of a loved one lives on in us. We can spend time with them in our memories which we keep forever.
“The pain passes, but the beauty remains.” – Pierre Auguste Renoir
Another quote which reminds us that the sharp pain of grief will get easier over time and what remains are the happy memories of that person that we can treasure forever.
“Tears shed for another person are not a sign of weakness. They are a sign of a pure heart.” – Jose N Harris
Jose Harris, another author, reminds us that our grief is a symbol of the love that we had for that person, something to make us feel pride and not shame.
“Grief is like the ocean; it comes on waves ebbing and flowing. Sometimes the water is calm, and sometimes it is overwhelming. All we can do is learn to swim.” – Vicki Harrison
This quote reminds us that grief comes and goes and some days it will be easier to cope with grief than others. We must accept the process and find ways to make sense of our grief and move forward.
You might be struggling with a loss of some kind, or perhaps know someone who is grieving. If this is the case, I offer strictly confidential, friendly, personalised bereavement counselling in Harrogate or online. Feel free to give me a call whenever you like.