Grief can be an overwhelming process. When I lost my mother at 18 I didn’t feel like I had anyone to turn to. In the years that followed I suffered from severe anxiety, depression, unhealthy relationships, substance abuse issues and deafening loneliness.
It took me a long time to find my way to a healing place. But I did. And so can you. Grief isn’t an easy process. Losing someone you love isn’t something you ever get over. Rather, it’s something you learn to live with. You can exist without that person, even if the thought of living without them is, at first, unbearable.
In addition to having experienced the loss of both of my parents, one of my best friends, and several family members, I have a Master’s degree in clinical psychology and worked as a grief counselor for hospice for four years.
I truly believe that one-on-one therapy and group therapy are the most effective means of healing. However, there are also many great resources and books available to help cope with grief. Here are some I recommend.