Each of us, regardless of our station in life, experience times of great sorrow and loss. Each of us deals with those losses in our own way. Some are easier to deal with than others, but each of these transitions change our lives in very definite ways. Some events that come to mind are:
-The death of a parent, child or spouse
-Diagnosis of a chronic or terminal illness
-A serious decline in the health of someone you love
-Moving, Death of a pet
-Having to give up a portion of your independence or a significant activity
These losses are a part of life. But, like all loss, these transitions can be painful and grief is a logical response to these transitions. They are interposed around the joyful moments in life and are a part of what it is to have a life well lived. Acceptance of and journeying through these moments and emotions can be difficult, but in the end, there is freedom and peace.