Grief is Normal
Grief is a Normal, Natural Human Experience
As you mourn, you have probably experienced a significant amount of discomfort and awkwardness around grief in our society. Grief and death are often hidden away, shunted aside, or even pathologized, and those who are in grief are, therefore, left feeling isolated in their pain.
Yet grief is an absolutely normal response to death and loss. It should not be given short shrift or dismissed.
And it should not be carried alone.
Traditionally, the mourner is held in the caring embrace of community as they grieve. In our current-day society, we may often find ourselves alone, questioning, and in need of deeper supportive listening, insight, and normalization. If we are disabled, our grief may be further compounded by the barriers and assumptions of our ablist society.
For those of us who have lost a pet, there is often the lack of recognition that we’ve lost a family member, a partner who has given us pure unconditional love which may not have existed anywhere else in our life.