By Dianne E. Butts:
If your grieving reaches a point where you consider taking your own life, you need help–do seek that.
Your pain will eventually ease, despite how terrible as it feels right now.
When we are grieving, it’s easy to feel like we will never feel any better, that we’ll be grieving for forever. As you miss that person, do you find yourself thinking, “I want to die?”
In the article series “10 Things I’ve Learned About Grief (from Dear America), we’ve been exploring what I learned after losing my father, brother, two grandparents and a friend, all when I was a teen. I hope what I’ve learned will help you.
Here’s the eighth thing I’ve learned about grief:
Somewhere I read the average person grieves for a full two years after the death of a loved one, so give yourself plenty of time. However, if you or someone you love is struggling after that, consider asking for help.
I remember as a teenager how losing my Dad ripped the ground from under my feet. Most of my friends didn’t understand (although some did because they had lost a parent too).
A couple years later when my brother was killed in a motorcycle accident, a friend told me I needed to “get over it” and “move on.” When she told me that, we hadn’t even had the funeral yet! It took me many years to realize that she meant well; she really was trying to help.
But the fact is we can’t rush grief any more than we can turn it off or on. Grief has a mind of its own and it will take the time it needs to work itself out.
If you try to rush through grief, you may enter into denial. But grief will come back to you sooner or later.
If you try to ignore grief, it might hide for a while, but it will be back to visit.
If you get frustrated with grief and think that it is taking too long, or if you go the other direction and hang on to your grief because it’s all you have left of the person you love, you may be headed for trouble. That kind of trouble can possibly lead to thinking about suicide.
Give yourself, of someone you know who is grieving, a proper amount of time. But if the grief hangs on, seek help.
Of course you need not wait. You can take advantage of organizations and services that can help. To find them, check with the funeral home, a church, a counseling center, your doctor, the phone book, or the internet. One reputable organization is New Life Ministries (1-800-NEW-LIFE) www.newlife.com.
Here is an encouraging thought for when discouraging times or dark shadows come: Video: “His Eye Is On the Sparrow” by Lynda Randle: