Morning! Just wanted to share with you the Instagram account of my wondering friend and acclaimed Author and Grief Therapist Claire Bidwell Smith. Every Sunday morning (USA time) she is sharing a post and asking for reflection about grief. If you have lost a loved one and would like to share your positive experiences about the loss, then today’s post is for you.
Find her on Instagram here.
Here’s what I wrote to Claire.
At a purely selfish level, if I hadn’t lost dad, I wouldn’t have read your books and found you 🙂 I think that loss makes you much more aware of the destructive power of fear. My fear lead to pretty foul anxiety attacks, which lead me to understanding the use of essential oils, which lead to my current business. Loss also lead me to continue writing to process my emotions, at a time when photography (my usual way of expressing emotions) was not possible. My constant writing has lead to my son’s loving the craft of writing naturally, and they are amazingly talented- so much more than myself. I think that loss shows you that you can survive, even if you don’t want to know what life would be like without them. It forces you to redefine what is important to you in life. It has made me stick up for my mother and myself in situations where I would have otherwise accepted less than perfect treatment and I am now passionate about palliative care, something that I would have never considered in the past.