Bereavement refers specifically to the process of recovering from the death of a loved one. Both grief and bereavement encompass a range of feelings from deep sadness to anger. The process of adapting to a significant loss can vary dramatically from one person to another depending on his or her background, beliefs, relationship to what or who was lost, and other factors.
Bereavement is a distressing but common experience. Sooner or later most of us will suﬀer the death of someone we love. We cannot run away from bereavement because that is one thing we share as humans. It is often desired that the young will bury the old but that doesn’t take away the fact that we grief should this happen.
Our responses diﬀer, and our reactions are never the same when we lose someone. By loss, it may not necessarily be to death, it might be an emotional separation from a loved one in an amorous relationship.
The death of your loved one might inspire you to evaluate your own feelings of mortality. At each stage, a common thread emerges: As long as there is life, there is hope. As long as there is hope, there is life.
In this book, I will discuss grief, loss and the way out from the perspective of someone who has been through it, and as well as from the perspective of a caregiver.
Nothing is cast in stone as what works for Judith may not work for Charis but one thing is clear, there is a method or a process that will work.
No one way of grieving is better than any other. Some people are more emotional and dive into their feelings; others are stoic and may seek distraction from dwelling on an unchangeable fact of living.
While many diﬃcult and complicated emotions are associated with the grieving process, experiences of joy, contentment, and humour are not absent during this diﬃcult time. Self-compassion, physical exercise, and strong social support can all contribute to alleviating some of the most challenging aspects of grief. This social support should first of all come from family members before those without.
This may not be a conventional health concern or something talked about regularly but I bet it is important we look at this subject matter.
It promises to be eye-opening and a journey as well. We shall take it gradually as I hope this will serve as a therapy for those who want to recover or want to help someone recover. As you flip through the pages of this book, keep in mind that the author writes from two perspectives; as one who has experienced it and as one who has helped others heal. Take this book as a manual or as a guide towards healing yourself or helping others heal.