Why grief must be witnessed

Each person’s grief is as unique as their fingerprint. But what everyone has in common is that no matter how they grieve, they share a need for their grief to be witnessed. That doesn’t mean needing someone to try to lessen it or reframe it for them. The need is for someone to be fully present to the magnitude of their loss without trying to point out the silver lining.

David Kessler, Our Experience of Grief is Unique as a Fingerprint

2 thoughts on “Why grief must be witnessed

    • Yes, most people find it incredibly difficult just to sit with someone who is pain, but often that’s what’s needed. The ‘helpful’ things they say just feel like dismissal to the person who is suffering.

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