Here’s the second installment of things I’ve learned/observed about loss. If you missed list one, you can find it here. Again, there is no hierarchy or particular order to these lists. It was the act of writing things down randomly that made a difference for me.
I like to go back and re-read my lists from time to time. It’s a reminder of where I was, where I am now and how far I have come.
I’m sharing my lists in the hope it might encourage you to make one of your own if you’ve experienced a loss recently, or even not so recently.
12 More Things I’ve Observed About Loss
- No one is prepared for loss. You won’t be ready.
- Keep talking and keep laughing (when you can) through it all.
- It’s true; we don’t appreciate loved ones enough when they’re with us.
- No one can take away your memories.
- Some memories are yours alone.
- Don’t listen to anyone who says you should be over it by now.
- Keeping a journal can help you get through tough times.
- Anger is normal and sometimes even necessary when grieving.
- Take photos of this life passage too, if you’re loved doesn’t mind.
- Grief is not something to hurry through or just get over. It’s something you move through and experience at your own pace and in your own way.
- Grief’s intensity lessens, but the loss is for a lifetime.
- Time is everything.
I will keep making additions to my lessons from loss lists because there is still much to learn.
Which item on this list speaks most to you?
Have you ever made a list of things you’ve learned from loss?
Have you ever kept a journal?