My mom’s birthday was last week. Like 7 birthdays before this one, I wasn’t able to call her on that day. This increased connection with coworkers, friends, and relatives has been really special, but it’s also made me grieve the family members I’ve lost more than normal. When the stability you create post-grief is taken from you, you desperately try to cling to everything around you. There’s not much to cling to right now.
This challenging time brings up so many emotions. Be gentle with yourself as you navigate through them and try to process them. Allow yourself to sit in them to the extent that you can. Share your experiences and emotions with others to forge connection.