If you checked out parts 1 and 2, you know I have experienced significant loss in my life. What I have learned over time is that with any loss, comes the opportunity to grieve and release. In this season of losses stretching over the years, I realized somewhere along the way, that I became really good at avoiding the grief I was experiencing. I would throw myself into projects, work, cleaning; really anything that would give me distraction.
However, the grief I was avoiding never failed to find a time to present itself. I was afraid and overwhelmed by it all. I did not want to let the floodgates give way. And honestly, the longer I held it in, the larger the flood became. What if I cannot shut it off? What if I fall apart completely and nothing can put me back together? What if…
Honestly, I can say that of all people I should know exactly how to process grief. For over 12 years I have been immersed in the grief community, serving and volunteering those who are grieving. I have walked alongside so many people and supported them. And a few years ago, there I was, unable to offer the same opportunity to myself I have offered to so many others. I think the word you could be thinking of is - Hypocrite.
When I finally agreed to allow the floodgates to open and to allow myself to grieve, a practice of releasing started to form. If you have read Part 1 - Suffering in Silence and Part 2 - Breaking the Silence, you already know one of those releasing practices. Check out Part 4 for ways to release:
“Allow yourself to release the emotions you have struggled all your life to contain.”
- Ellen Bass
About Jenna Corcoran, LMFT
Therapist at Stillpoint Healing
My goal at Stillpoint is to use all I have culminated in my 10+ years of diverse experiences in the professional and volunteer world to support you and your family. Along with the targeted trainings and continuing education necessary to support the unique needs of you and your family, I will be a part of the healing journey with you.