This fast-paced world where text messages are the norm just doesn’t cut it when you’re slayed by grief. And ignoring the pain doesn’t make it go away either.
Unfortunately, the price of love is grief. And grief demands that you honour the raw truth of the loss you’re feeling.
If you’re between the age of 19 and 35, come and join a group of people your own age to talk about your grief. No expectations. No judgments. Just a place where your story and your emotions are safe.
Come let down your guard. Stop being so hard on yourself – for crying, for not crying, for being too strong or for being a mess, for thinking too much about the person or not thinking about them enough.
You’ll learn that each of us grieves in our own way, and that there’s no right or wrong way to grieve. You’ll learn that grief has no timeline, that it’s messy, and that it’s not something you do once and it’s done; no – it will come to visit, often unannounced and when you least expect it. But you’ll also learn how to hold the tension of letting go of that person and holding onto memories.
Most of us think we can do it on our own, but grief heals more quickly when you relax your grip on it, when you share your story, when you give it voice. It’s when you let go that you start to feel a little better, more like yourself again.
Our young adult grief and loss group starts Thursday, Feb. 16 and runs to March 23, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. and is free. Pre-registration is required by calling Coast Hospice at 604-740-0475.
– Submitted by Bernadette Richards, Manager of Hospice Services