Megan Devine, MA, is an American psychotherapist who writes and speaks on the experience of grief and on skills to assist, not heal, a grieving person.
"Real" grief means you cry all the time, right? Wrong! Real grief looks like a lot of different things, and no one way is the right way. But what if your partner, friends, or family members DO cry, and you don't. Is that weird? Does it cause conflict in your relationship?
Grief - from any kind of loss - makes the holiday season harder. Knowing how to help can make things better, even when they can’t be made right. Grief therapist and author Megan Devine and illustrator Brittany Bilyeu teamed up to help you learn how to support the people you love.
Pain simply. It's a natural, normal response to loss. But the literature in the self-help world, in the therapy world, and sadly, yes even in the world of spiritual guidance, is heavy on blame. Grief is considered unhealthy. A "bad" experience.
Even without outside assessment, when the person you love disappears in an instant, it can make you question everything. You lose the echo of your life. You can no longer do those reality checks we all do or reach out to your partner for reassurance.