“The quickest way for anyone to reach the sun and the light of day
is not to run west chasing after the sun, but to head east,
plunging into the darkness until one comes to the sunrise.”
-Jerry L. Sittser
National Pregnancy and Infant Loss Day was October 15th, and I wanted to honor this sacred day by dedicating an episode to mothers who walk through life with a piece of their heart and soul missing. If this is you, I hope that today’s episode on how to move through grief might offer some comfort.
Today’s guest is Anna Packard, a mother of four who lost her infant son Charlie when he was four months old. She also has a PhD in clinical psychology and is a therapist at Balance Health and Healing, so she has both personal and professional experience in how to move through grief toward joy after immense loss.
How to Move Through Grief
- Remember, the only way out is through: practice willingness, prioritize self-care (which includes finding a support group of other mothers who have lost children), and allow all emotions. What we resist, persists.
- Look for beauty, gifts, and meaning along the way. Assigning your own meaning to your experience can be a powerful step toward healing.
- Remember that you are stronger than you realize. (This is very hard to hear in the early stages of grief, but you will find that it is true with time.)
A Grace Disguised: How the Soul Grows through Loss by Jerry L. Sittser