More Thoughts on Grief…

When grief is overwhelming or unrelenting there are some remedies that can assist.  The Bach Flower remedies cover a range of emotional states such as depression, despair and hopelessness.  The homeopathic remedy Ignatia can also be taken for anxiety, insomnia and depression due to an inability to assimilate grief and loss.  And my own essence The Elixir of Life can help with freedom from attachment, letting go and a new beginning.

Often it is the new beginning that we have trouble with – trying to imagine a life without the being who has passed.  But grief is not something we should try to escape from, it helps us to live more deeply and fully and strips away barriers.  This is incredibly painful and we may be left feeling raw and exposed at times, but ultimately it can make us more human and connected.    That sense of deep loss can make us pay more attention to the precious people and animals in our lives. Our sense of mortality – our acknowledgement of death and our fleeting time on earth – can help us to be more present, to live more fully and can possibly allow us to live with greater joy.

Strange Grief

I had an overwhelming sense of grief over the weekend, which I thought was due to the recent death of my dog.  Then a friend reminded me of the date and I realised it was the anniversary of the passing of my very good friend, teacher, healer and mentor.  I’m not very good at remembering dates, but somehow our bodies or emotional body remembers the passing and we slip into grief.  Again.  And it feels as strong as it was in the beginning.  Recognition of what grief I was feeling did create a shift and now the candles are lit in remembrance and gratitude having known this wonderful person.

And some candles for my beautiful boy as well.