Feeling loss can mean many things to many people. We might lose a game, lose our keys, or lose a signal. Other losses that have intense impact are losing a job, a home, the death of a friend or a family member. Loss can also come in the form of being denied freedom, safety, care, love, opportunity, and decision making.
Hope is something we are all in need of. Some days it can be hard to hold on to. Any loss can lead to confusion, feeling dazed and overwhelmed to name a few. It can be hard to focus on anything when feeling hopeless. We can be changed by loss.
We must allow ourselves to feel the feelings. We may cry tears, yell, talk to someone about it, listen to music, paint, write, or clean the house. It is okay to feel frustrated and overwhelmed. We can honor the loss by lighting a candle, speaking up, volunteering, donating, writing, singing, praying, meditating, or sending good thoughts out to the world when you are able.
Can We Recover?
There is no clear answer for how long it should take, what it should feel like, what it will look like. This quote is a good one, though difficult. I share it because I hope we can all get to a place of healing. If you are struggling with loss and worried about finding hope, please reach out to a friend, family member, professional counselor, religious or spiritual guide, or call 844-493-TALK, in Colorado. Out of Colorado, http://crisiscallcenter.org/ or 800-273-8555. 273-8255
The most beautiful people we have known are those who have known defeat, known suffering, known struggle, known loss, and have found their way out of those depths. -Elisabeth Kubler-Ross.