My glances into the car mirror peered into what seemed like an abyss. The view, marked by a dark, cold, and hollow emptiness, was winter. Colors restricted to grayscale, made the experience feel dismal and reflected a never-ending season length. Just as unbearable set in, on today’s drive a transitional energy emerged. This mirror image revealed the sun casting a brightness along the horizon and the sudden lightness lifted my spirits. The image was colorful, vibrant and robust. For the first time in what seemed like forever, I felt warmth, energy and positivity. The difference in the air was strikingly significant and pleasantly palpable. Spring had arrived.
I thought, the seasonal shift from winter to spring starkly parallels the grief path. The early stage, consists of long periods of darkness and a never-ending, intolerable, and relentless vicious cycle. Emotionally draining, this stage of grief emotes hopelessness and depression both commonly associated with winter. As grief is endured and time pushes forward, eventually the energy shifts and suddenly, one day, the smallest crack of light emerges on the horizon. The load is lightened and relief washes over. There is an arrival to a place no longer limited by sadness and filled with potential for regrowth. Vibrancy, warmth, and positivity are tangible. The spring of grief offers a new season of life.
May each of you muster up enough strength to trudge through winter and experience the spring transformation.
Kim Libertini is all too familiar with grief and the Co-Founder of Goodgrief App, the social network for loss available FREE for download in the App Store, Google Play and www.goodgriefapp.com. You can follow Goodgrief App on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.
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