From displaced feelings to goodbye

by Gina

Stages of grief…

What are these “stages” of which you speak? “Roller coaster of grief” is a more realistic phrase. “Whirlwind of grief” is how I’ve come to think of it. To me, the word “stages” implies a hard and fast chronological sequence. It’s long been known in the worlds of psychology and psychiatry (and by many grieving individuals) that the stages are often not experienced in any set order, along any set time frame, and often not experienced singularly. You can have your stages, Ms. Kübler-Ross. I’m riding the whirlwind.

Again.

It’s become a familiar feeling during the course of my short life.

A friend of mine passed away a week ago. Eight days, to be exact. His death was both sudden and untimely, which I think, for most of his friends and family, added fuel to the already strong emotions that come with the passing of a loved one. It’s been a sad, weird week. To elaborate any further would be to dwell unnecessarily. Dwelling is not conducive to moving forward, so I will end with this:

Farewell, dear friend. You will be missed.

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