A story is told about a person who suffered a great affliction. This person was tormented for many years. One day they came upon just the physician who was able to relieve them of their suffering. They had gained their life back from a time of anguish and pain. Previously it had been a time of confusion, disorientation, and lack of focus on previous skills and abilities. Then after being treated by the physician, they felt redeemed, because they now had some measure of function back in their life. Does this sound at all familiar or similar in any personal experience of our own?
We may or may not believe the grieving in our loss has endured for years. When the time comes we no longer cry all day long; and we discover we are able to return to a level of normal functioning in our various duties, then we may feel relieved and redeemed. During the time of our acute grief experience we do often seem captive to our emotions. We do perhaps feel like an emotional train wreck. Unable to function because of our brain fog, confusion, inability to focus, incessant crying, lethargy, or no motivation to even get out of bed.
What now that we have arrived triumphant on the other side of the tunnel of our grief journey? We are functioning well in most areas of our life, what purpose do we fulfill now? I have had clients who have struggled with this question. As the individual was told in our story at the beginning of our talk today, go and share what you have learned with others. You see there may be someone who is struggling in their life, and are not functioning very well at all. As you observe them, you may be reminded of yourself when you began your journey with grief. If you take a moment to reflect back on your journey’s beginning, would you have believed you would have come this far? This is Sunrise.