'It's hard not to imagine any of us not being affected by grief'

Grief affects us in different ways. Photo: Nathan Cowley/Pexels

At this time of our lives, it’s hard not to imagine any of us not being affected in some way by grief.

When my father died, I spent the last week of his life holding his hand as he battled pneumonia in the nursing home he’d lived in for the previous 19 months.

I had a lot of time to ‘prepare’ for his end… or so I thought. When he did pass away after a week of misery for him and me, there was a sense of relief that his struggle and pain was over.

It wasn’t any time for celebration; it was a time for sitting quietly wondering what I would do now he wasn’t here to chat with as I’d done most days.

Grief hits us all in its own way. For me, it has been a period some time beyond the actual moment of my parents passing. It’s a time when emotion bubbles to the surface, and there is no way to stop it, it pours out and whoever is nearest is the one who to comfort me.

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The grief that follows the death of a parent can best be described as a roller coaster of a ride. Some days are better than others, but as they say, time is a great healer.

When my marriage ended, it wasn’t until my divorce was granted that I experienced any form of grief. Before that it was more a sense of relief, of a weight being lifted from my shoulders and that despite the rigours of separation and contact with children, freedom was priceless.

On the day of my divorce, I attended the court alone. After the brief hearing, and it was very brief, I felt so many years of my life had been wasted. I’d clung to a marriage out of loyalty to my children but at a cost to myself.

The grief in that circumstance was more of concern for the welfare of my children, who thankfully survived it all.

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