The impact of death can be both shocking. We assume that our friends will be supportive after a catastrophe, but for those of us who are grieving we learn this may or may not be true. Some cherished bonds shatter in the face of grief, while others flourish. When someone we love dies, whether we like it or not, grief will rearrange our address book.
Surviving the loss of a loved one is both heartbreaking and debilitating. Healing takes place on many levels and is an endless process. Mourning someone you love shocks your spirit and shatters your heart leaving you completely vulnerable. You feel a new hole or void inside your heart that the deceased once occupied. It is during this time that you need to be in the company of kind, caring and compassionate individuals.
Like the saying goes, “You can’t choose your family.” With family, the relationships are there whether you like it or not. But our friendships are different. These are people we select based on our values, likes, dislikes and views. Your friends are your chosen family, the ones we tend to lean on even more during times of grief and sorrow.
Below are five friends we encounter during our grief journey, which one are you?