Dealing with the heartbreak of losing someone you love is tough. It’s like being caught in the middle of a storm at sea. The crashing waves surround you, making you feel like you’re going to be consumed by it all. But somehow, you find the strength to keep going, gasping for air and desperately hoping for some relief, for someone to rescue you.
And then, almost miraculously, you discover that you can breathe underwater. With this newfound ability, you start to swim towards the shore. Each stroke feels like progress, bringing you closer to safety.
Although you know that the shore is still far away, the simple act of moving gives you hope. At some point, you decide to lift your head above the water just to see how far you’ve come from the wreckage.
But as you look around, you realize that the storm is still raging. That’s not the only challenge you face though. Despite all your efforts, you realize you’ve been swimming in circles, stuck in the same spot where your shelter once stood. The shore seems so distant, and the waves of grief crash over you again and again and again.
That’s why it’s crucial to never judge someone who is mourning the loss of a loved one, especially if you haven’t experienced it yourself. In fact, it’s important to remember that we should never presume to know how to tie someone else’s shoe laces if we’re not the ones wearing them.
Similarly, we should never dictate how someone should grieve or how long their grieving process should last. It’s a deeply personal and individual journey, and everyone needs the space and understanding to navigate it in their own way.
So let’s be compassionate and supportive, offering a listening ear and a comforting presence to those who are navigating the stormy seas of grief.
If you have lost a loved one, don’t be hard on yourself. Grieve your way, take your time, and accept all the help that is offered to you. There is no time limit to missing the ones you love lost through death or other forms of separation.