Grief and Acceptance

Grief is a process that eventually leads to a sense of acceptance or at least reconciliation. Although you will always miss your loved one, the painful emotions that you feel shortly after the death will almost certainly become less intense and less frequent. It is important to keep this in mind during the times that are difficult. 

Try to reassure yourself that this is normal and won’t last forever. It is important not to rush grief. Well-meaning people will give you estimates on how long grief will last. Grief is very personal, and you are entitled to your own schedule. While people continue to experience moments of sadness even several years after losing a loved one, most people’s strong feelings of grief lessen substantially within a few months. Don’t criticize yourself, however, if your grieving is different. 

Accept your feelings as much as is possible and remind yourself that feelings most likely soften with time.

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