I’m going to start a campaign and call it In Your Own Time. Why does society persist in giving timeline expectations of how long we should grieve, or how long it takes for us to ‘get over it’? What a ridiculous notion that we should ‘get over’ the loss of a loved one. And how absurd that at midnight exactly 6 months after the death, our emotions should turn off- do we have an internal tap to access for that? Wail, cry, sob, laugh, memorialise, yearn or whatever you want, for as long as you need, and be damned with others’ expectations of you.
Let’s start a revolution to normalise a normal human emotion- #inyourowntime. Vive La Revolution!!
Hello, my name is Caroline, I have been volunteering and working within the world of bereavement and pre-bereavement since 1988 when I experienced my first death. Since then I have been bereaved many times in many ways and as a ‘Thinking Griever’ have tried to make sense of my own experiences through research, education and training, whilst supporting others too.
I am a bereavement volunteer with a national charity, I facilitate bereavement support groups, I run grief workshops, I am a Trustee for another national charity, deliver training on grief & bereavement, I was commissioned to write a book for JKP on grief and I am researching for a PhD in bereavement.
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