Telling Your Story
Do you ever feel like people are tired of hearing you talk about your loved one and telling your story? People tell me frequently that they get the impression or are sometimes even told that they need to stop talking about their grief and "get over it." I hope that whoever make those comments have good intentions and mean to be helpful, but they actually cause far more harm to the already devastated bereaved person.
What they don’t understand is that healing takes place as you tell and re-tell your story. It is through this narrative process that we come to make sense of what happened. We put the pieces of our puzzle together, find acceptance and eventually peace. So, although others may feel uncomfortable or inadequate when you share your story, it is a necessary part of the healing process.
Your loved one’s life is interwoven with yours… you have a shared history. As you share, you are not only telling the events of their life, but yours as well. This is a part of your family’s heritage that deserves to be told, re-told and preserved for future generations.
Please consider attending one of our many support groups or arranging a visit with your bereavement coordinator to tell your story. We would love to listen!
—Stacie Adams, Bereavement Coordinator (Mount Airy Office)
Mountain Valley Hospice & Palliative Care offers free grief support to the community at large. For more information, contact us today at 336-789-2922 (toll-free 1-888-789-2922).
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