We are unique individuals. We may grieve in different ways. Some people will be very open and expressive with their grief, while others will be more stoic and internalize their pain.
Both ways are perfectly healthy….as long as each individual is respected in terms of their style of coping and as long as each person finds a way to release their pain.
Some people will release their pain verbally and through tears, others will release their pain through their actions/activity.
Find what works for you!
“Ben was the love of my life….and when he died 11 months ago, I thought my life had come to an end as well. I didn’t know how I would go on. I couldn’t stop crying, I couldn’t sleep, I couldn’t eat, I had trouble focusing and remembering, I felt so alone—yet, I didn’t want to be around people. I had no idea what to do. But then, a friend suggested the grief support group at Hospice of Washington County. I remember being so scared walking through that door for the first time. I wasn’t sure I would be able to speak. I was greeted warmly and made to feel very comfortable though. It took me awhile to be able to share my story, but as I did and as I listened to others and learned about grief, my pain began to lessen. It’s nice to have a safe place to cry and to share…and to meet others who can relate to my pain.” – A past group member