Go ahead and cry. Why it is important to grieve

Go ahead and cry. Why it is important to grieve

Grief and Sadness. What’s the difference?

Recently I discovered through personal experience that grief and sadness are not the same. Not at all. I”ve been sad before. I’m sure you have been sad at some point in your life too.  The feeling of sadness is as normal as the feeling of happiness. We experience sadness when have been disappointed, or when we go through a break-up, and sometimes when we finish a really good book and there is no sequel. Sadness is the feeling that something isn’t quite right. We feel like we are missing something and have no way to obtain whatever that “something” is. Maybe we have lost something like a job or a marriage and we feel sad it is gone.  The ability to feel our own sadness is what lets us recognize it in others and then empathize or offer sympathy.

Sadness is the feeling that something isn’t quite right. We feel like we are missing something and have no way to obtain whatever that “something” is. Maybe we have lost something like a job or a marriage and we feel sad it is gone.  The ability to feel our own sadness is what lets us recognize it in others and then empathize or offer sympathy

(more…)