There is so much to love about living in Missouri. One of the best is the ability to witness the dramatic change of seasons. Right now spring is upon us and there is so much to see. Robins and Cardinal birds flitting in the trees, green grass growing like a soft carpet in the fields, and tulips of all colors blooming. So many of these changes are welcome to those who are lucky enough to witness. However, for those who are grieving things can be much more complicated.
Bereaved have a much more complicated relationship with change. There is no right way to grieve and there is no roadmap to guide the way but for many grieving this changing of the seasons represents just more change they did not want or ask for. Everything in their lives has changed and it is very difficult to adapt to this new life. This change of the seasons can also represent just more time and movement away from their loved one. There can also be a sense of disbelief that there is now one more spring, summer, or fall without their loved one.
On the other hand, spring can also bring a relief of grief symptoms. There is more warmth, sunshine, and an underlying hope for things growing anew. After being shut in for winter, spring can represent a brief reprieve from the darkness of grief.
Whatever example resonates with you just know you are coping with your grief best you can and you cannot force yourself to be somewhere you are not. In any season it is important to reach out to ask for support. That support can come in the form of counseling, support groups, and family and friends.
If you or someone you know have been experiencing a prolonged grief period or feel as if your grief has turned into depression, our Center for Hope & Healing offers individual and family counseling for all of life’s transitions. Click here for more information or call (636) 328-0878.