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As Eckhart Tolle often says, you have a life. Everything else, your worries, all your experienced sufferings are simply your life's situation. 

How we see our life and our situation can color how we live and experience life. It is sometimes hard to imagine that no matter what, we are the author of our own stories: As a palliative care physician and certified life coach, let me help remind you that if things can go wrong, they can also go right. 

Join me in my podcast as we visit people's lives and stories of how we can make our own life a great one, one chapter at a time. 

Write Your Best Chapter is a podcast about life, death and everything in between

Oct 6, 2023

Wait, it's been FOUR months since my LAST podcast?

So much has happened, yet, I still want to keep going. This week's message is a big one. You have deal with your pent up emotions, because you can't move on. This episode should help you a little.

Here is why accepting grief is valuable. In thie episode I will share THREE steps to accepting what we resist. 

Acceptance is a crucial aspect of dealing with grief because it plays a fundamental role in the healing process. Grief is a natural response to loss, and accepting the reality of that loss is a significant step towards moving forward and finding a way to live with the pain. Here are some reasons why acceptance is important in dealing with grief:

Facilitates emotional processing: Acceptance allows individuals to acknowledge and express their feelings about the loss. This emotional processing is essential for understanding the depth of the grief and working through it.

Paves the way for healing: Acceptance is a bridge between the initial shock and the eventual healing. It is through acceptance that people can begin to adapt to their new reality and start to rebuild their lives.

Reduces emotional resistance: Resisting or denying the reality of the loss can prolong the grieving process and intensify emotional pain. Acceptance helps to reduce this resistance, making it easier to cope with the emotions that accompany grief.

Promotes self-compassion: Accepting the pain of grief allows individuals to be kinder to themselves. It's common for people to feel guilty or blame themselves for their emotions during this time, but acceptance helps them recognize that their feelings are normal and valid.

Encourages seeking support: When individuals accept their grief, they are more likely to reach out for support from friends, family, or professionals. This support can provide comfort and guidance as they navigate the grieving process.

Fosters personal growth: Grief can be a transformative experience. Accepting the loss and the associated emotions can lead to personal growth, increased resilience, and a deeper understanding of oneself.

Improves mental health: Prolonged denial or avoidance of grief can lead to mental health issues such as depression and anxiety. Acceptance is a crucial step in preventing or alleviating these conditions.

Enhances relationships: Acceptance of grief can help individuals communicate their needs and emotions to others effectively. This can strengthen relationships and create a support network that helps in the healing process.

Allows for meaning-making: Acceptance can enable individuals to find meaning and purpose in their grief. It can lead to a search for ways to honor the memory of the lost loved one or contribute to a cause related to the loss.

Promotes long-term well-being: While grief never fully goes away, acceptance allows individuals to integrate the loss into their lives in a way that enables them to move forward with a sense of purpose and hope, ultimately leading to long-term well-being.