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What is Grief?

Author Edgar Jackson poignantly describes grief:

  • Grief is a young widow trying to raise her three children, alone.
  • Grief is the man so filled with shocked uncertainty and confusion that he strikes out at the nearest person.
  • Grief is a mother walking daily to a nearby cemetery to stand quietly and alone a few minutes before going about the tasks of the day. She knows that part of her is in the cemetery, just as part of her is in her daily work.
  • Grief is the silent, knife-like terror and sadness that comes a hundred times a day, when you start to speak to someone who is no longer there.
  • Grief is the emptiness that comes when you eat alone after eating with another for many years.
  • Grief is teaching yourself to go to bed without saying good night to the one who had died.
  • Grief is the helpless wishing that things were different when you know they are not and never will be again.
  • Grief is a whole cluster of adjustments, apprehensions, and uncertainties that strike life in is forward progress and make it difficult to redirect the energies of life.

Robert Slater