Every Wednesday

Every Wednesday I will post something about grief. Sometimes it will be a reflection on an aspect of grief’s landscape. Now and then I will share from my own journey of grief, because in the sharing of our stories we find strength and build a community of people that support one another.

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Sunday, October 15, 2017

Metabolize Grief

The other day, I thought C. Ossefort-Russell (@CORTherapist) used the term — metabolize grief, although she didn't think so when I asked her what she meant. In any case, I think the term is great, and what it says to me is that if we actively engage grief, we burn up its destructive forces and gain energy and power from the process.

I will write more about this in the future.

Today I want to pair it with another thought, that when we are further down the road in grief, we understand what went on in our early grief better. We realize the strength we had to keep ourselves going, and we discovered abilities we didn't know we had. These strengths and abilities are still with us, and this knowledge inspires us to keep working with grief.