A writer’s experience and an expert’s advice ( Editor’s note: This is the third story in a four-part weekly series on meditation, including its benefits for pain management, mental health and overall well-being.]
Essays and Opinion
Personal narrative: How my cats helped me through grief and loss.
Joey the cat (as I fondly call him) jumps up on my desk again. I am annoyed because he knows he shouldn’t be there. He looks directly into my eyes. “I want your attention,” they tell me. “Stop what you’re doing! Focus on me, here, now, in this moment.”
Narrative: People don’t always know what to say to someone who’s grieving so they often say the wrong things. Here are some tips on what not to say. “It was the day before the third anniversary of my husband’s death. The first anniversary was excruciating. The second was difficult but easier than the first. By the third year, I was at acceptance, the final stage of grief, where despite the loss and sorrow, I was finding happiness.”
Personal Narrative: How meditation helped me through grief.
Personal Narrative: “It may sound cliché, but my life changed forever the day my husband, Bob, died. After 30 years of shared memories and life as I knew it, I went from we to me and began my journey of intense grieving. Grief isn’t the life you choose, it chooses you. It’s continually moving from ‘I have to tell him that,’ to ‘Oh no! I can’t!’ in a split second.”