Common Responses People Have While Suffering From Grief

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You Don’t Need A List Of Common Responses People Have While Suffering From Grief As Pretty Much Everything Is Quite Normal

I saw a list of nearly 200 common responses people have while suffering from grief. The grief experts that put together this list point out that it isn’t an exhaustive list. The truth is, a person suffering grief can feel just about anything. People could feel dozens and dozens of these things on this list at the same time or even one minute, then different things the next. Many of the things are polar opposites and you can be feeling both extremes at the same time.

These common responses people have while suffering from grief can lesson and improve over time, but then even months later come back and wallop you again. The point is not to depress you further, but to help you understand that whatever your feeling is normal. You will get through it if you just keep working your way through this myriad of emotions and feelings.

There really are no uncommon or abnormal thoughts or feelings. Even thinking you don’t want to go on living is a normal feeling. That being said, however, if you are starting to make plans to take your own life, this is not normal and you need to seek help immediately. Don’t stay in those thoughts, move forward and do not linger there to allow them to overshadow your heart and thinking. Though working through your grief will not be easy, you can work through it. Pain may always be present, but sharpness of it will fade. Allow yourself to experience your grief. You shared a great love and were blessed by your loved one. It is all normal to grieve that loss. The experts tell us that to keep us moving forward, sometimes we just need to do the next thing in our day. Maybe that is getting dressed for the day or brushing your teeth. It is getting through the day, sometimes one moment or activity at a time.

Though it might help to know that you are simply sharing in these common responses people have while suffering from grief, you still must travel the journey. I know, for me, and others I’ve talked to who are working through grief, they often feel alone. And you are, in a sense. The grief you are experiencing is yours alone. It is your own private journey you must walk through. No one can walk it for you as it is as individual as you are. People around you can be supportive, which can help you, but it is still your personal journey. BUT………, even though the Lord is not physically standing next to you walking the path, He is still with you walking every step of the way. When you accepted the gift of salvation from Jesus, the Holy Spirit resides in you. He is your comforter and God’s word tells us a deposit, guaranteeing our salvation.

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Ephesians 1:13-14 says …Having believed, you were marked in him with a seal, the promised Holy Spirit, who is a deposit guaranteeing our inheritance until the redemption of those who are God’s possession-to the praise of his glory.

Said another way, your loss will ever change your life journey, but eventually your journey will meet up with your loved one who has gone before you. For me, that is what I hold onto as I face the daily reminders that my son is no longer here with me on this current earth. I do the next thing throughout my day, but sometimes one of those common emotions people have while suffering from grief hits me and the tears will flow. I cry them, but keep moving to that next thing I have to do.

Remember that if things just get too overwhelming, be sure to pray for help and seek help from grief counselors, doctors or pastors.


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