Social Work

The “Gift” & Post-traumatic Loss

It is true that amid the turmoil of traumatic grief that allowing ourselves to experience the pain, finally accept the reality, accepting the unacceptable can lead to new meaning about life and death and in so doing arrive at a place where we see “the gifts” our loved ones leave for us in evidence of their existence. Time and again the notion of “the gift” is met with doubt as we move through the pendulum of moving through life without the physical proximity of those we have lost. Sure enough “the gift” arrives in due course, providing us with a way forward, with meaning, amidst the pendulum of trauma and recovery – where the pain and the shame, the good and the bad, the right and the wrong find its middle ground as remembrance!

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