Depression: Through the Pain

You CAN make it through the pain.

“How to Survive the Loss of a Love” by Colgrove, Bloomfield, and McWilliams

on June 12, 2013

Good morning!

Today’s book selection is How to Survive the Loss of a Love by Colgrove, Bloomfield, and McWilliams.  The loss of love which the authors address includes a wide range of categories: the death of a family member, divorce, loss of job, illness, independence, living in limbo, a long-held dream, and a vast array of others.  If you are grieving any form of loss, this is the book for you.  Its easy-to-read format is presented in 94 small bites—a definite plus for anyone who is depressed!  See if you can get a copy if this excerpt speaks to you.

 

Six:

Be with the Pain

 

  • If you’re hurting, admit it.
  • To feel pain after loss is

–normal

–natural

–proof that you are alive

–a sign that you are able to respond to life’s experiences

  • Although you may be frightened by it, be with your pain.  Feel it.  Lean into it.  You will not find it bottomless.
  • It is an important part of the healing process that you be with the pain, experience the desolation, feel the hurt.
  • Don’t deny it or cover it or run away from it.  Be with it.  Hurt for a while.
  • See pain as not hurting, but as healing.

 

you came

and made

my house

our home

 

you left

making

our home

my asylum

 

I’ll be back tomorrow with another book.

Blessings, Elizabeth

*** If you are new to this blog, it is best to start by reading “About” and the first entry that was posted on May 13, 2013.  Then read each consecutive entry, one per day.  Welcome!

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