When you throw your bread out on the waters of life, it comes back buttered. Rev. Stanley Weems, Presbyterian Pastor
As I spoke with daughters who had experienced profound mother loss, I heard three things that seemed to be universal in their grief recovery.
- Focusing on others while moving away from your own troubled and grief-stricken mind, is a key to recovery. Nearly every daughter with whom I spoke, felt a revival of their spirits when they began to reach out to others.
- Gratitude is a key. As we look at the glass half full, expressing gratitude for the time we had with our loved one, gratitude for the inheritance we received, gratitude for the comfort that came our way, grief begins to dissipate.
- Seek professional help if you need it. All daughters who sought help said it made a profound difference in their recovery. Life is short. Don’t wait too long to seek help if you need it.
Whether we are generous with our stories, our empathy, our talents or time, the flow of energy into the world enables it to return in abundance.
Affirmation: I can recover.
Coaching questions: If you are struggling with grief, what one step can you take to move toward recovery? Do you want to move forward? If not, in what way is grief serving you?