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This week, I have two exciting announcements! But first, let’s take a look at perspectives in grief.
Perspectives in Grief
Have you seen a photograph of a sculpture in an art history book, on the Internet, in a museum, or even in a photograph you took yourself?
That picture, no matter how well it is taken, is only representative of one perspective of that sculpture. Other photographs may show many other angles, but they, too, are incomplete. To fully appreciate and understand the sculpture, you would need to be able to look at it from every angle and direction. You would need to be near it and walk around it, taking in and observing it all.
Grief can feel like looking at the photograph of a statue. And, your photograph is going to be very different than others who are grieving that same person. As a grieving sibling, your view will be different (likely longer as well) than other loved ones. Surely, some of those photographs will overlap with parents, children, and partners but they cannot exist in the same exact configuration.
As you grieve, you are learning and viewing your grief from new perspectives over time.
As time and distance from the death occur, your view will likely change. Your grief will remain but the perspective will shift. Sometimes the perspective will be more difficult to look at than others.
This is normal and to be expected. Certain perspectives may activate negative or difficult emotions or even memories you had long forgotten. Other times, you may smile or feel the love of your sibling – sometimes without tears or sadness even!
What can be done?
Well, the best thing is not to force a new perspective. Take time and be present with whatever this moment and this new perspective is teaching you. Of course, if it is overwhelming or you feel emotions or thoughts you can’t handle, seek the support of a licensed mental health provider in your area and preferably one with extensive knowledge or training in loss.
I am so excited to share these with you!
First, the podcast, season 2 will start on May 24th. I am very excited to share these stories of sibling loss with you. So, stay tuned!
Second, in just a few short weeks, I will be launching a course that will help you share your sibling loss story and with an opportunity for those of you who complete the course to share your story either on the podcast or on the website. Next week, I will share more details including a special pricing for readers of Wild Grief. So, if you know others who are interested, please share this newsletter with them!
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