What hopes, dreams, or expectations did you have for your life? What do you wish had been different, better, or more fulfilling? Answering these questions helps you identify incomplete losses. Loss is a guaranteed aspect of life. How you deal with your losses can greatly affect many areas of your life. Grief is the normal and natural reaction to significant emotional loss of any kind. There are over forty-three different types of loss that can produce symptoms of grief: death, divorce, retirement, moving, loss of a pet, financial change, unemployment, career changes, infertility, loss of health, legal problems, empty nesting, starting school, or even the end of an addiction. Any life change can be a grieving experience for you.
Many of us grew up in families where difficult emotions were not discussed. Rather, we were advised to focus on the positive or be strong and carry on. What did that advice teach us moving into adulthood? How does this approach serve us in making major life decisions?
Unresolved grief can greatly affect our health and happiness. Symptoms of depression can resemble grief: sadness, loss of energy, changes in eating behavior, sleep disruption, inability to focus, sensitivity or anger, withdrawal, and isolation.
It is difficult to create a thriving future when issues from the past linger. Every experience in life can produce feelings of loss and grief. Unresolved grief can be accumulative over our lifetime. The Grief Recovery Method® helps take an emotional inventory of your life. This is an action-oriented program that can help you find peace and enhance the way you experience the rest of your life.