Loss is a guaranteed aspect of life, but what often goes undiscussed is the staggering grief that can accompany it. The concept of grief can be ambiguous, with over 40 different types of loss that can cause us to grieve.
Grief is the conflicting feelings caused by the end of or change in a familiar pattern of behavior. Several common causes of grief are:
Grief is a dynamic and highly variable process. How you deal with your losses can greatly affect many areas of your life, but sometimes identifying and articulating the phenomenon can be difficult and frustrating.
By asking questions like:
"What hopes, dreams, or expectations did I have for my life?"
"What do I wish had been different, better, or more fulfilling?"
You can begin to uncover the places where loss and grief live within your own story.
Many of us grew up in families that did not discuss difficult emotions. Instead, they advised us 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 diminish your health and happiness.
Many grief symptoms manifest like those of depression:
"Whatever way it arrives, despair comes with an urgent call to grieve our losses and to examine the meaning of our lives." -Miriam Greenspan
If you want to live your best life, filled with more authenticity, peace, and joy, review the following questionnaires and schedule a complimentary exploratory coaching session to discuss the impact your oftentimes suppressed or unprocessed losses are having on your self-esteem, relationships, health, and quality of life.