Thursday, March 31, 2016

6 Months of Grief Project: Day 55

Caged Growth/Caged Grief

This is Day 55 of my #6MonthsOfGrief Project. To learn more about this practice, feel free to visit Day One, where I explain this project in more detail.

One of the most terrible aspects of my grief is the sorrow, fear and anxiety I feel when I first wake up. Unless I have a friend staying with me, the very first feeling I have upon awakening is panicked sorrow. I'm hyper aware that my bed is empty and that I have to face another day alone. It feels like being in a cage, forever reminded that I am not free of this sorrow.

Today's image is hard for me. There is so much new growth and tender shoots of healing coming up out of the rich dark earth, but I can't quite reach it yet. I feel stuck behind this cage of grief. I've lived with mild depression for most of my life and this grief has accentuated and crystalized exactly what that depression feels like. I can see my life - the richness, the love, the support, the new beginnings - and yet I can't completely feel it. I reach my fingers through the cage and try to touch it, but it might as well be miles away. I need some giant, industrial, spiritual bolt cutters to open up my cage, so I can tear myself through it. I want to feel joy again.

I cling to the knowledge that, even if I can't reach it, the new growth is there. I can see it. Other people can see it. Just because I can't feel it or touch it yet, doesn't mean I won't be able to, some day.


I am very aware that this project can bring up a lot around yours or other's grief and loss, I will always follow every post with some online grief support resources that have helped me. Please feel free to let me know of online support that you have found healing in your grief, as well:

Living with Grief Resources:

And remember, I am sharing this project on a variety of platforms, including my Instagram, Twitter, & Facebook feeds, as well as my Pinterest page on Grief. I use the hashtag #6MonthsOfGrief, so it can easily be found on any platform. Please share this project with anyone you think might need it.

Thank you, and see you tomorrow.

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