The holidays can be an especially tough challenge when you’re coping with grief. As everyone around you comes together to celebrate during a season of joy, you’re feeling the weight of a lost loved one. You’re probably anxious and frustrated that no one seems to understand what it’s like when you have a missing piece of your family.
Breakups are hard, and they happen to everyone. Often, the person ending the relationship feels terribly about it, even if our sympathies generally lie with the person who’s been dumped.
We can usually tell whether we’re feeling happy, sad, frustrated, or angry. But sometimes emotions get trapped inside us, making them difficult to recognize and deal with.
Grief is a normal emotional process. We experience it anytime we undergo a loss. This loss might be the death of a loved one, loss of a job, or loss of life experiences, much like we’ve seen with the COVID pandemic.
Whenever we experience loss, we experience the complex process of grief. Grieving is a unique experience for each person. Many people can speak openly about their emotions while they grieve. Many other people keep their feelings private. If we put the grieving process on hold, regardless of whether it’s intentional, it will eventually play out, just more slowly.