The death of a loved one causes us severe pain and makes us enter a kind of lethargy from which it seems impossible to get out. It is a natural state after a loss, mourning, however, changes and differs from person to person .
When someone leaves us, something inside us fractures . It is a feeling that is difficult to explain and that brings with it a multitude of thoughts and questions, which very often we cannot answer.
To pay attention to these feelings and help ourselves, we need to allow ourselves to explore and unearth the questions that haunt us and capture our mind. Speaking and not vetoing is essential . The responses to this situation are very variable, they can range from crying and anxiety to sadness and fear.
It is essential to give ourselves time to react and elaborate, but also to allow people who love to accompany us. Silence, looks, sensitivity, presence without pressure or discomfort, are all factors that in these moments have more value than words .
I look at the sky and I look for you among the stars, I look for your lost image in the shadows.
I draw your face in the clouds that I see pass, traveling aimlessly, and letting myself be guided by the moon, I ask her:
Where are you?
And immediately my chest shakes giving me the answer together with a tear that falls and that again makes me understand: you are not here, you remain in my heart.
11 questions and 11 answers following the death of a loved one
While everyone experiences the death of a loved one differently, there are some common questions during bereavement . It is not possible for us to remedy this reality, as a great deal of sorrow and uncertainty are added to our emotional state. Let's see some of the most frequently asked questions ((Martínez González, 2010):
1. Will I forget her voice, her laugh, her face?
When a person close to us dies, we do our best to maintain his presence in everyday life. We feel that forgetting his laugh, his gaze, his face and his way of walking would be like betraying the person himself. However, time makes it his own I remember less clear and we are assailed by doubts. The possibility of forgetting his physical characteristics causes us great suffering.
In this regard, we must know that even though the loved one is no longer there and we can no longer touch or listen to him, he remains in our heart . The affection and the moments lived remain in our hearts, nothing and no one can take them away from us, not even time.
2. Am I going crazy? Will I be able to bear it?
The loss of a loved one causes a state of shock, a blockage, something extremely difficult and alienating . These emotions, all together, create the feeling of loss of control over ourselves. It must be said that almost alwaysit's about a transitory phase necessary to process the event immediately, it is like a defense mechanism that aligns our great one interior strenght to gather the energies we need to return to the surface and continue our life.
3. How long will all this last?
The answer to this question is extremely variable , because time depends on the circumstances that have arisen, on personal characteristics, on the relationship that united us, on the way in which the loss occurs, etc. Anyhow,the first year is very difficult, everything reminds us of the deceased person, while dates scroll by on the calendar.The first Christmases, the first birthdays, the first holidays, etc.
The discouragement of not being able to share events, achievements and feelings with this person makes us constantly relive the tragedy. However, we can say that this inner time is not a passive time, as it helps us to accept death and, slowly, to live with it.
4. Will I go back to being as before?
The answer is no. It is evident that the death of a loved one marks and breaks us, and this inevitably changes us. we lose part of ourselves, a part that goes away with this person. We mature in some aspects, we redefine our value system, we value different things, we think differently. All of this constitutes a growth process that often turns into a greater compromise with life.
5. Why did this happen to me? Why did he leave me? Why now?
It is in a desperate attempt to understand the incomprehensible and unfair that we ask ourselves these questions. They have the function of helping us review, analyze and understand reality in a rational way, because we feel the need to control and manage the situation to combat anxiety.
The death of a loved one is unwelcome and unwanted. Faced with the absence of answers, we will end up asking ourselves 'for what purpose', which will be much more suitable for restructuring our experience and our grief.
6. Am I sick?
No. The anguish and feelings of grief over the loss of a loved one are not a disease. They are part of a natural process that we have to go through. This does not mean that we should not pay particular attention to them, on the contrary we must always carefully meditate on them. We will need an undefined time to recover and re-establish a psychological balance that allows us to manage our emotions and thoughts.
7. Do I need psychological help?
It is normal to feel bad during grief. At first, the person who suffers needs to express himself, review and remember the deceased constantly, repeatedly. Some people need a professional who defines the limits of malaise, to be listened to, accompanied and understood unconditionally.
All this is offered by therapy, but undoubtedly not everyone needs therapeutic help to walk this path. This depends on personal conditions.
8. What do I do with his things?
The reactions are usually extreme. Some people get rid of everything, with the idea that they will ease the pain of the memory. Others, however, keep everything as the deceased left it. Any reaction shows us that there is no acceptance in the face of lost , which is why it is recommended to help these people assimilate absence.
There is no better way to proceed, but it is certainly advisable not to fall into extremes.The best thing is to get rid of things or distribute them little by little, as we have the strength and process the loss.We must keep in mind, however, that keeping the things that have the greatest sentimental value will help us remember with love and affection, based on the meaning we give them.
9. Does time heal everything?
Time does not heal everything, but it undoubtedly offers us a new perspective. By adding time and experiences to our journey, we add distance between the painful event and the present. This leads us to choose which attitude to adopt in our life: we can have a defeatist attitude or we can have an attitude of overcoming . Time reminds us.
10. When does mourning end?
Mourning ends when we return to show interest in life and the living. When we invest our energies in relationships, in ourselves, in our work projects and in our emotional well-being. It is then that we begin to renew our enthusiasm for life.
It ends the moment we can remember the loved one with love, affection and nostalgia , without the memory dragging us into deep pain, into an endless emotional malaise.
11. What do I do with everything I'm feeling?
Faced with the whirlwind of emotions and sensations that overwhelmed us, we are faced with the setting of utility. Each of these manifestations has an intimate meaning that we must work on, which we must explore and decipher to reconstruct ourselves. It can help us to write about it, listen to music that stimulates the processing of emotions or practice activities that are meaningful to us.
This will help us to appreciate and remember with affection the deceased person, who will never abandon us because he will remain in us in the form of memories and teachings.We will be its essence, the essence that will never disappear.
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