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Grief and how it sucks
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Grief and how it sucks
I wish I could somehow find a way to get past grieving over my grandmother. She died three years ago, and I miss her as though her death just happened, yesterday. I'm not a melancholy mess every day thinking about her, and I've learned to drive by certain eateries and smile...remembering being with her, there. But, late at night, when my husband goes to sleep, and the bedroom is quiet...I think of her. I just miss her way.

My parents have always been there for me, and I love them, but my mom has always been a bit of a push over with my dad, and my dad is pretty dominant. I want to believe they love me for me, and they probably do, but my grandmother. She made me feel special and always listened to my dating woes and insights on life. I try to explain my loss to my husband, and it's hard because he wasn't as close to his grandmother who died a few years ago, as I was to mine. He's comforting, but maybe no one can really comfort me through this. I just have to learn to comfort myself?

I guess this is what grief feels like. This stagnant, painful ache that sort of settles in your heart, and just lays there. Some days, it's dormant, or you're so busy with the details of life, that it just sort of goes silent. The pain subsides, and you feel good. You feel relieved...finally, maybe I'm past this, you think. But, then, something triggers it all back. You meet unkind people, or you feel defeated for some reason, at work or wherever you might be, and boom. The ache throbs, and it all floods back. The memories, and all the things that I wish I had done, when she wanted me to do them. I think that's one of the toughest parts of loss and grief, is knowing that when she was here, I dragged my feet on so many things. And, now she's not here to see all the things I've done. All the things she asked me to do, because she knew they'd be good for me.

I'm grateful for the time I had with her, but how could having love, and losing it...be better than never having it at all? How can that even be? I would never feel like this. No one would ever feel like this. And then there are people in your life who tell you to go see someone, talk it out. Talk what out? Pay someone to watch me cry over my grandmother? And try to psychoanalyze me in the process. Seems pointless.

But, I'll feel like this until I no longer do. And that's the process of grief. And the scary part is, it may never fully go away. There will always be this void, this hole that she filled. How to fill it, I don't know.

This feeling really sucks.
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RE: Grief and how it sucks
I wish I knew how to properly respond here.

I don't experience grief as others do. When something bad happens in my life, I seek a solution past it. That's just me.

However, I do understand you are grieving. Three years after the fact, however, seems excessive. At this point, I would suggest professional help.
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Give it a few more years. It passes.

Side question here: Why mention your father dominates your mother?
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Someone (I disremember who) once said that the best way to cope with grief is to be grateful that there was someone in your life who was so hard to say 'goodbye' to.

And Deidre, I know it isn't even a little bit of consolation, but my father died 15 years ago, and it is still an open wound.  You're not alone, luv.

Boru
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(May 1, 2018 at 6:43 pm)Kit Wrote: I wish I knew how to properly respond here.

I don't experience grief as others do.  When something bad happens in my life, I seek a solution past it.  That's just me.

However, I do understand you are grieving.  Three years after the fact, however, seems excessive.  At this point, I would suggest professional help.
And what solution would you find for this? I don't know what a therapist could say to me. 
(May 1, 2018 at 6:48 pm)SaStrike Wrote: Give it a few more years. It passes.

Side question here: Why mention your father dominates your mother?
It affects how she treats me, I don't really think my mother has always just been herself....because my dad is pushy, bossy. It just affects her, and then that affects how she is with me.
(May 1, 2018 at 6:49 pm)BrianSoddingBoru4 Wrote: Someone (I disremember who) once said that the best way to cope with grief is to be grateful that there was someone in your life who was so hard to say 'goodbye' to.

And Deidre, I know it isn't even a little bit of consolation, but my father died 15 years ago, and it is still an open wound.  You're not alone, luv.

Boru

That's true, Boru. I'm grateful, but like I said...how can this be worse than never feeling love? If you never felt love, you wouldn't feel like this lol That's for sure. But, then maybe you'd experience a different kind of void.

Ah, the perils of being human.  Blush
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If this torments you (and apparently it does) seek therapy. You need to find resolution/relief. After 3 years it's time to actively deal with it.
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Some people are worth grieving for.
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Dei,

Everyone is different. I lost my father 22 years ago and it still hurts as much today as it did when I got the phone call saying he had passed away. And I don't know. Maybe losing a parent is different than losing a grandparent because when you lose a parent, you lose half of who made you. Maybe not. I can't answer for anyone else. All I know is that after two decades, I still miss my daddy.

Hugs girlie. I hope things get better for you.

(May 1, 2018 at 7:04 pm)mh.brewer Wrote: If this torments you (and apparently it does) seek therapy. You need to find resolution/relief. After 3 years it's time to actively deal with it.

I don't agree. Everyone needs to heal in their own time. See my post above. 22 years doesn't make me abnormal and there shouldn't be a stigma of some sort of time limit one has to grieve by.
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(November 14, 2018 at 8:57 pm)The Valkyrie Wrote: Have a good day at work.  If we ever meet in a professional setting, let me answer your question now.  Yes, I DO want fries with that.
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(May 1, 2018 at 7:35 pm)Joods Wrote: Dei,

Everyone is different. I lost my father 22 years ago and it still hurts as much today as it did when I got the phone call saying he had passed away. And I don't know. Maybe losing a parent is different than losing a grandparent because when you lose a parent, you lose half of who made you. Maybe not. I can't answer for anyone else. All I know is that after two decades, I still miss my daddy.

Hugs girlie. I hope things get better for you.

(May 1, 2018 at 7:04 pm)mh.brewer Wrote: If this torments you (and apparently it does) seek therapy. You need to find resolution/relief. After 3 years it's time to actively deal with it.

I don't agree. Everyone needs to heal in their own time. See my post above. 22 years doesn't make me abnormal and there shouldn't be a stigma of some sort of time limit one has to grieve by.

The medical community does not agree with you.
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(May 1, 2018 at 7:41 pm)mh.brewer Wrote:
(May 1, 2018 at 7:35 pm)Joods Wrote: Dei,

Everyone is different. I lost my father 22 years ago and it still hurts as much today as it did when I got the phone call saying he had passed away. And I don't know. Maybe losing a parent is different than losing a grandparent because when you lose a parent, you lose half of who made you. Maybe not. I can't answer for anyone else. All I know is that after two decades, I still miss my daddy.

Hugs girlie. I hope things get better for you.


I don't agree. Everyone needs to heal in their own time. See my post above. 22 years doesn't make me abnormal and there shouldn't be a stigma of some sort of time limit one has to grieve by.

The medical community does not agree with you.

The medical community isn't right 100% of the time and humans should be allowed to feel what they need to in order to process grief in their own time.
Disclaimer: I am only responsible for what I say, not what you choose to understand. 
(November 14, 2018 at 8:57 pm)The Valkyrie Wrote: Have a good day at work.  If we ever meet in a professional setting, let me answer your question now.  Yes, I DO want fries with that.
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