In spite of having living parents, sometimes our need for safe and soft landing spaces still aren't met. This can leave folks identifying more closely with those whose parents have passed on.
There are emotional risks and consequences associated with every action or inaction, and sometimes these risks make staying in awful situations or staying locked into seemingly destructive behaviours the safer emotional choice.
My preference in the face of suffering and hardship is to move from a why does this happen to a question of how. How will this experience shape me? How will I change or grow because of this? How do I respond to pain and suffering? How is this experience connecting me with humanity in new ways?
Thoughts on transition and new growth, and the necessity of deconstructing old stories and structures in order to reconstruct new ones.
Change, even good change, can begin a grief process for people as they wrestle to say goodbye to what was, and welcome something new. Reflections from a counsellor on change, loss, and sadness.
Cherry trees, hot dog dates, and watching football 'with dad'. The ways we mark our losses are as varied and diverse as we are.