Jeanette (Prysiaznuik) Shewchuk
Jeanette (Prysiaznuik) Shewchuk

Book Blog - Grief

Loss of any kind can be challenging to deal with. Our past conditioning and family beliefs and values have great influence on our own reactions and coping abilities. Our religious beliefs certainly play a big role. Humanity and society as a whole used relatively similar approaches for decades; the attitude to death hasn't changed much. 

More people have been foregoing the big funerals, expensive coffins - decisions made riddled with guilt;  many are choosing  cremation instead,  unique personal boxes or vases and a simple family gathering - a celebration  of life. Refusing to be ruled by established behavior, beliefs and traditions.

The whole idea of change could be very frightening and difficult to implement. New beliefs and behaviors are especially not easy to integrate into one's life. Humanity appears stuck in a paradigm of suffering. One thing for sure, is that grief brings about a lot of sorrow, pain , guilt and suffering.

Either not having a last opportunity to say "Goodbye" or not wanting to say what you should have said, for fear you would, in some strange way, be responsible for creating the unbearable. The pain of dealing with unresolved issues after the passing is a difficult process and may take years to fully heal.

Frightened by the belief that the end of the body is the end of self, one grieves for loved ones and for one self. We are told not to make any rash decisions for two years, because one is not able to think clearly and logically. This is wise advice. It could sometimes be a very long and painful process to move on with one's life.