Punishing Grief

Many of us think that our grief and anger are private issues, that we, alone, must bear them and we, alone, have the right to decide how long we will grieve or be angry.

It is critical not to “stuff ” our grief and anger, yet, when we prolong our grief or anger, what we often fail to consider are those who will suffer in the wake of that choice: those who will be forced to shoulder our burden, because we are not ourselves, we are unavailable, or we are so occupied with our own pain that we cannot function as a true friend or partner.

Along with our faces, sadness and anger will also mar our relationships.

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