Blog: Riding the Waves of Grief

On grief, resilience, and healing

We are built to grieve and survive, and even thrive, after loss

There are three things that we don’t learn until life delivers a blow: 1. Loss of the ones we love is inevitable, a sure thing, gonna happen sooner or later. Not having been reminded that nothing lasts forever, we are gob-smacked when our loved one dies. 2. Grief can be deeply painful, for a long time, but will help you find your way. Grief is not fatal and eases over time. Its job is to help you form your new relationship with the person who has died, and to lead you toward the moment when hope arrives. 3. We are built to survive loss. We come with the necessary equipment: emotion to confirm which losses are the ones big enough to destabilize us; and a prefrontal cortex to reason out how on

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