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There's a right way to grieve
Although we are told
Healthy grieving involves embracing your grief by actively mourning your loss rather than burying it, pretending you are fine or finding distractions (such as finding a new relationship, or quitting your job, selling your house and joining the Peace Corps so you can remind yourself there are others more miserable than you).
Facing the loss and living with it are so important to moving forward on the grief journey--which can take the rest of your life, as your loss will be part of you always.
For me, healthy grieving has come in phases. The first involved the pile of "widow books" I read nightly. I wanted to learn all about grief, to both understand it and prepare for what was to come.
Of course, as with preparing for my husband's death from cancer, it was not possible to prepare myself for widowhood by reading about it. Some things can only be experienced or understood with time.
My early fears that grief would incapacitate me proved to be unfounded as I realized I had no choice but to get out of bed each morning to take care of my kids, myself, my house and my job. Then, my fear that I was doing too well early on went away as time passed, and the shock of the loss took longer than I expected to wear off.
The next phase of grieving for me was seeking hospice counseling and a bereavement group. While I found an online support group early on, I needed to talk through my experiences with someone who truly understood what I was going through and could help me put things into perspective.
My friends didn't really "get it," and couldn't be expected to, but talking to