What if grief is the natural order of things, a way of loving life anyway?

Below is a collection of links to posts on grief.  This is another post which will be put at the top of the page in the archives navigation menus. I will add to it when new posts on grief are added to the Beyond Meds.

Grief need not be pathologized even if it takes a long time.

I introduce the subject with a lovely and thoughtful quote by Stephen Jenkinson who has quickly become a favorite source of inspiration.

broken heartFrom a young age we see around us that grief is mostly an affliction, a misery that intrudes into the life we deserve, a rupture of the natural order of things, a trauma that we need coping and management and five stages and twelve steps to get over.

Here’s the revolution: What if grief is a skill, in the same way that love is a skill, something that must be learned and cultivated and taught? What if grief is the natural order of things, a way of loving life anyway? Grief and the love of life are twins, natural human skills that can be learned first by being on the receiving end and feeling worthy of them, later by practicing them when you run short of understanding. In a time like ours, grieving is a subversive act. — Stephen Jenkinson, from Way of Grief

Grief collection from Beyond Meds:

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