Saturday October 25, 2014

QUESTION OF THE WEEK

  • Do you think it's in our best interest to arm Syrian rebels?
  • Yes
  • 29%
  • No
  • 71%
  • Total Votes: 38




No one told me grief feels like fear

Comments

“No one ever told me that grief felt so much like fear. I am not afraid, but the sensation is like being afraid. We experience the same fluttering in the stomach, the same restlessness... There is a sort of invisible blanket between the world and me. I find it hard to take in what anyone says. Or it is perhaps, hard to want to take it in. It is so uninteresting...” C. S. Lewis, from ‘A Grief Observed’

Many people try to handle this fear from grief by trying to distract themselves from the pain through busyness, or turning into workaholics. Others want to medicate their pain with drugs, alcohol or inappropriate relationships. All of this is understandable, but none of it helps the problem – in fact it compounds the problem.

Grief feels like fear and this fear does not feel good. There is confusion, disorientation; times we feel we are going crazy, and times we just wish we could fall sleep; and when we wake up this would all be behind us and the pain would be gone.

You may be seeing changes in yourself. If you were once a very open individual, you may be surprised if you have become emotionally withdrawn from others. This is also natural. It is your way of temporarily protecting yourself from pain. You may be seeing other changes in yourself, as well. For instance, if you were an individual who always felt in control of life and you had an ‘everything has its place’ personality you may be taken off guard by your disorganization or forgetfulness. This is also normal. For the time being, all of your emotional energy is being channelled into comprehending and understanding your loss.

It will take time to work through our grief. Over time our pain becomes less intense. This doesn't mean that the person has become less important to us. It just means that we have adjusted in some ways to the loss and our pain.

“The Lord is close to the broken-hearted,” He comforts those who walk through this valley with the comfort of His nearness. He comes to us in our hour of sorrow. He draws near and walks with us in our grief and pain.

“No one ever told me that grief felt so like fear.” – C.S. Lewis, A Grief Observed

Margaret Anne Yost nursed for 35 years, working mostly on medical floors. She has journeyed with many clients who were dying, and she tried to comfort their families during this difficult time. She has completed two units of Clinical Pastoral Education.

Returning back to school she completed classes from the Red River College in the areas of Gerontology, Bereavement, Death and Dying. She was enrolled eight years in lay ministry training. At present, she enjoys her role at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Yorkton in the area of parish work. For the past ten years she has also been employed at Bailey’s Funeral Home working in the area of Continuing Care.

Comments and articles may be forwarded by mail to: Margaret Anne Yost, P.0. Box 554 Melville, Sask. S0A 2P0

Or phone 1-306-621-9877 (9 am-5 pm) or at home 1-306-728-4744 (evenings).


Comments

Comments


NOTE: To post a comment in the new commenting system you must have an account with at least one of the following services: Disqus, Facebook, Twitter, Yahoo, OpenID. You may then login using your account credentials for that service. If you do not already have an account you may register a new profile with Disqus by first clicking the "Post as" button and then the link: "Don't have one? Register a new profile".

The Yorkton News Review welcomes your opinions and comments. We do not allow personal attacks, offensive language or unsubstantiated allegations. We reserve the right to edit comments for length, style, legality and taste and reproduce them in print, electronic or otherwise. For further information, please contact the editor or publisher, or see our Terms and Conditions.

blog comments powered by Disqus



About Us | Contact Us | Sitemap / RSS   Glacier Community Media: www.glaciermedia.ca    © Copyright 2014 Glacier Community Media | User Agreement & Privacy Policy

LOG IN



Lost your password?