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.