By: Dr. Alan Woelfelt
The death of a loved one changes our lives. Moving from “before” to “after” almost always is a long, painful journey. But if we are to heal, we cannot avoid our grief. We must journey through it all, sometimes meandering the side roads and plowing directly into its raw center.
The journey also requires mourning. That’s different from grief. Grief is what you think and feel inside. Mourning is the outward expression of those thoughts and feelings. To mourn is to be an active participant in our grief journey.
There are six “yield signs” along the journey through grief – the “reconciliation needs of mourning.”