Most of us at some point in our lives have experienced deep sorrow. It finds its way in and through the emotional suffering we feel when something or someone we love is taken away - and it can affect us in many different ways and throughout different seasons in our lives. It knows no boundaries, race, or creed and comes in many forms. From the death of a loved one or pet to a divorce or miscarriage, grief can be very painful. It can cause unexpected reactions from shock or anger to disbelief, guilt, and profound sadness. Even subtle losses in life can trigger a sense of grief. For example, you might grieve after selling your family home, not being able to see a loved one due to Covid, or even losing a job.
There is no shame in grief. It is a natural emotion that we all experience in life and one that should not be suppressed or ignored. As we move into June, I encourage you to reflect on the last five months. What has this season of your life been like? Are you still in a place where grief is so raw that the next chapter seems foreign? Or is the approach of the new season a welcoming reason to embrace your life and make some positive changes? For some, this season marks the success of young adults as they get ready for their graduations and new future endeavors. It is the time when many family dynamics will change with kids moving in and out, people taking on new summer jobs, and for some parents the beginning of an empty nest. All these moments, these experiences, and these life events leave imprints in our memories and allow us to feel the release of "letting go." So as we move into June, mark this moment in your life. Reflect. Feel the renewing energy that summer brings and choose to stay positive, and allow yourself to breathe. Set new goals and look ahead to the next six months with the power and knowledge that grief is the greatest teacher of all. We are strong, we are blessed, we are able! Cheryl Lankford Funeral Director Lankford Funeral Home