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What is Grief & What is Grieving Mindfully ~ 

Diane D. Rodriguez, Grief Educator, Bereavement Coach & Consultant, Writer & Speaker.

Grieving is the internal process of suffering from a loss. The more significant the loss or connection to what or who is lost; the more intense the feelings of sorrow are. There are many factors that weigh in on how long we grieve. The type of relationship we lost, the length of relationship that was lost, the secondary losses to that loss and the mode of death. All these factors can help us understand the intensity and duration of emotions during our grieving.

Mourning is how we express the grief we feel on the inside towards the outside world. It is the cultural representation of grief; things like dressing in black for a period of time, cutting your hair, tearing your clothes, celebrating life or covering mirrors would be signs of mourning.

It is possible to grieve and not mourn as well as to mourn and not grieve; though at some time during the process the two can cross in the grief pathway.

Grief is THE reaction to loss. For most grief is love without a place to go and for others it is an intense emotion on the opposite or nearing the opposite side of love.  It is possible to grieve someone you had no connection to, like an absent parent or to grieve a person who was abusive, neglectful, etc. Grief in short is the turmoil of emotions bubbling up inside. It tends to be a time where we grope through the darkness trying to feel our way through as we try to figure out what is recognized as familiar, safe, scary, isolating or different.

Mindful grieving is the allowing of an organic unfolding of how the heart, mind, body, and soul chooses to release its sorrow.

More importantly it is giving grief the permission to allow the pain to be experienced without judgement, avoidance, needing to fix it, having it fixed by someone else or punishing yourself for what is happening. Mindful grieving is being open to the growth from the awareness of the discomfort grief brings. It is facing fear, shame, guilt, anger, joy and other vulnerable emotions with compassion, empathy, curiosity and above all kindness even when you don’t believe you deserve it or it is merited. Mindful grieving is silencing the chatter in your mind of what could of or should have been, and it’s allowing yourself to be present in the moment of what you are feeling without holding on to the past or worrying about the future. It’s the here and now of grief.

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