Grieving is a process that no one every recovers from. There is no recovery from grief. The grieving process hence itself is not a recovery from grief but an adaptation to life without it. One cannot adjust magically but must deal with the process one day at a time. There are no shortcuts.
The article, “Make Space for Grief After a Year of Loss” by Gianpiero Petriglieri states,
“Grief is the personal experience of loss. Mourning is the process through which, with help from others, we learn to face loss, muddle through it, and slowly return to life. ”
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Grieving is a long process indeed. One needs to accept the reality and work through it one day at a time. There is no true time table because there truly is no recovery. Grief instead is a series of adaptations that teach us how to learn to live with the loss. It does become less painful in time, but the pain can always be found if one searches deep enough and that is ok. In fact, the price of love is grief because if the loss meant nothing, we would recover.
To learn more about grief counseling or if you would like to become certified in grief counseling, then please review AIHCP’s Grief Counseling Certification Program and see if it matches your academic and professional goals. The program is online and independent study and allows qualified professionals to earn a four year certification in Grief Counseling.