Grief is all around us. Although we can’t live our lives in fear anticipating the loss of our loved ones, many people in our culture at times choose to live in denial of death/dying. And then when close friends/family experience loss, we don’t know what to do.
Grief is a normal response to loss but it can feel terribly lonely as the feelings of sadness, anger, helplessness, and pain are taking over the body and mind. I’m so honored to walk through the grief journey with my clients, but I’m also struck by their many reports of people who “don’t get it” or “don’t ask about my loss”.
Brene Brown has the best explanation of empathy versus sympathy.
To really connect with someone in their pain, you need to be willing to walk into that emotional vulnerability yourself. Yes, you have to face what it might feel like to have the experience of grief and loss in your life.
Although not easy to do, this is where the connection is. This is where you can really help someone who is grieving or hurting. This is also where you can see how you crave and deserve that level of empathy at times too!
We are here to help. Reach out to someone on Our Team and we’ll walk through the grief journey with you so you’re not alone.
This Post Written By:
Rachel Thomas, Owner, LMFT – Therapy With Heart
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