In the backs of our minds, most of us realize that the unthinkable can happen. For me, that was the loss of her son Charlie, 23, who died of pneumonia.
Before I know it, it’ll be six years since Charlie left us, and I will always feel the loss close to my heart during four of those years I wrote Beyond Life, to help myself and others cope with the grief of losing a loved one.
But I can remember, love and even miss Charlie without getting caught in a perpetual cycle of grieving. You can keep a loved one in your life while embracing the next chapter of your life.
Developing healthy coping techniques is one of the most important skills a person can develop because the loss of loved ones is inevitable.
Writing is a creative outlet that has proven indispensable for me, but there are other tools available to you, one being my faith, which has acted as a beacon of light and hope during this most difficult period of my life, and the support of my family and friends has been a tangible thing that I could lean on.
Death is a fact of life as is the change that comes with your new normal when someone close to you departs the physical world, we must carry on; find our new journey in life.
It’s all part of the story of life, we have to learn how to keep those we’ve lost in our lives as we progress to and embrace the next chapter. Once a person finds their path our new normal will have blessings if we’re willing and able to see and appreciate them.
Overall, Grief “It’s a process and it’s important to never lose faith.”