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The Right to Grieve

Updated: Sep 13

I am a unique individual with thoughts and feelings about my loss. I have rights that define how to express my sorrow.

  1. I have the right to feel what I feel.

  2. I have the right to talk about my loss whenever I choose.

  3. I have the right to show grief in my own unique way.

  4. I have the right to need people and the right to ask for help.

  5. I have the right to be overwhelmed by the tasks of the day.

  6. I have the right to use my personal beliefs to help me deal with my grief.

  7. I have the right to fall apart and to avoid mundane tasks.

  8. I have the right to investigate further why my loved one died.

  9. I have the right to share or not share memories of my loved one.

  10. I have the right to cry and to be angry.

  11. I have the right to think about other things besides my loved one.

  12. I have the right to work toward changing my grief and healing my heart.

  13. I have the right to seek support that can help me redefine my new life.

  14. I have the right to eventually find hope and peace.

  15. I have the right to my own unique way of doing things and is in the strength of this uniqueness that I will redefine who I am.

There is a sacredness in tears. They are not the mark of weakness, but of power. They speak more eloquently than ten thousand tongues. They are the messengers of overwhelming grief, of deep contrition, and of unspeakable love.” —Washington Irving