Grieving Today’s Way
”I was orphaned by the time I was 9 years old. Not only did I lose my parents, but I lost my home, my school, my role and my friends… however, to the outside world I appeared fine. The adults around me wanted to protect me from further pain, but if only we could have had conversations and removed the fears.”
– A message from Grief Encounter CEO, Dr Shelley Gilbert
From our years of experiences with bereavement, Grief Encounter holds the following metaphilosophy:
- That grieving should be measured in years, not days, weeks or months
- That people need permission to grieve
- We prefer to use the word adjustment instead of acceptance
- To dispel the myth that we have to pass through the stages of grief to ‘acceptance’. Feelings often return following bereavement, though usually with less intensity. We prefer the ‘Upward Spiral of Grief’ model.