Assessing Your Grief

May 7, 2024

Dear Reader,

As you continue along your grief journey, I wanted to share a helpful tool that I’ve found to be incredibly beneficial in checking in on yourself: the grief assessment.

Now, before I delve into the specifics, I want to emphasize that this tool is not meant to be used as a daily or even weekly practice. Grief is a slow, winding road, and it’s important to give yourself the time and space you need to navigate it at your own pace.

I recommend conducting this assessment every three months or so, but even that timeframe is just a suggestion. Ultimately, it’s up to you to determine when feels right to check in with yourself.

Grief is not a linear process

It’s important to note that in the beginning, you may not see much change, and that’s okay. As I shared a moment ago, grief is not a linear process; it ebbs and flows like the tide, with good days and bad days all mixed together.

Above all else, give yourself grace. Grief is not a race, and there’s no prize for reaching the finish line first. Each of us has our own unique journey to take, and it’s okay if yours looks different from someone else’s.

So, dear reader, I encourage you to use this assessment as often as you feel necessary throughout your grief journey. It’s a tool to help you check in with yourself, to see how you’re coping and what areas might need a little extra attention.

And remember, you are not alone in this journey. If you are looking for guidance through this process, I invite you to check out the resources in my Heartfelt Haven Membership site. There, you’ll find free resources, more in depth premium resources as well as a community of individuals who understand what you’re going through and are there to offer support every step of the way.

With warmth and understanding,

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