“I thought I could describe a state; make a map of sorrow. Sorrow, however, turns out to be not a state but a process.”
–C.S. Lewis, A Grief Observed
There may be no more deeply personal emotional experience than grief. How we respond to loss… manage mourning… or navigate deep sorrow… how we learn to accept the unacceptable is unique to each of us. Grief is a personal, nuanced, and complicated process; it will not look the same for any two people. However, those who are grieving may experience similar emotions along the way.
Any matter of significant loss can trigger the grieving process. Perhaps you’ve experienced the loss of a job and income, or the loss of trusted childcare and routine. Perhaps you’ve lost a sense of community, or safety, or partnership. And coping with the death of someone you love is one of life’s biggest challenges.