Confront Grief: a Metaphor AfterTalk Pandemic Weekly

Allow me to explain, in metaphor-

This is how I see it, and feel it…

You let it happen.

At first, it will overcome you. It will drown you beneath it’s currents. It will drag you down into its depths.confront grief AfterTalk

But how long you stay beneath the surface is entirely up to you.

If you face it, and accept it, it will slowly wash you back to shore.

You can’t fight it, or swim against it… You’ll just wear out and lose yourself, exhausted from the effort.

You’ve got to remember to breathe, just breathe. Sometimes, that’s all that you can do. And sometimes, that’s ok.

You’ll grow familiar with the motion of the tides. You’ll feel every ebb and flow. You’ll no longer be drowning, but it’ll take some time, you’ll have to come to terms with knowing that this big, vast, powerful ocean you’re in will always be there, has always been there.

At some point, instinctively, you’ll start floating…

Then swimming.

After a while, you’ll forget what it was like to walk in the sand.

But there will come a point in time that your feet touch land.

You’ll walk out of the water and ease back into life.

confront grief AfterTalkThe ocean will never leave you… After drowning for so long, and then growing used to the way it felt to just be able to keep your head above the waves, you’ll never forget that it’s become a part of you.

And, from time to time, you may find yourself waking up surrounded by its deep and blue embrace. Triggered by a memory- a song- A moment…

But you’ll remember how to get back to shore, this time. Even if it takes a little while. So you’ll let it push you back into the shallows, remembering to breathe and not struggle, and you’ll pick yourself up and carry on.

It may happen less and less, but at some point, you’ll always find yourself back in the sea, because pieces of you that are still there will call you back.

You let it happen, you face it, you accept it, and you learn to live with it. It never goes away, it simply becomes a part of us. Once you’ve felt it, there will always be that knowledge, and there is only what was before, and what is now. You grow. You push forward. But you know that the ocean is in you, all along. So you breathe, to keep from drowning from the inside out.

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1 thought on “Confront Grief: a Metaphor AfterTalk Pandemic Weekly”

  1. Louise Plummer

    Wonderful piece , this.
    I love the metaphor of grief as a vast ocean that will lie inside one always, with triggers that will cause us to dip below the waves for a little while but not drown, and since we’re using the ocean as a metaphor, as somebody who has known that ocean in the six years since my beautiful husband died, I can for sure attest to the exhausting nature of fighting it. What I’ve managed to do is develop some “rafts” that help me float back to shore , even after being bashed about on the rocks a bit
    My rafts include a couple of laugh out loud YouTubes, and TV, nothing too heavy. I’m not talking about distracting or suppressing the ocean, because most of us who have mourned know the futility of attempting to do so, I’m talking about things that help me float.
    For me it’s a little like taking time out from the pain to apply salve to the reopened never quite gone wound on my psyche. and allow it to scab over again, much less lovely magery than the ocean, I know, but it makes sense to me and reminds me of what author Megan Devine wrote:
    “Grief cannot be fixed but only tended”, maybe a bit like we might tend the flare up of a war wound, which for me is really what grief triggers feel like, the wound will always be a part of us, but its what we do when it bleeds again that enables us to manage it, the focus is not on eradicating our grief which is nptvpossible, but on management strategies or maybe it’s a lttle like how we might play a shitty hand in a card
    Yep, ocean a much better metaphor, so I’ll leave it here
    Find what helps YOU float. My friend

    Love and light,
    Louise xo

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