Some of the most difficult grief experiences to heal from are those that are unspoken.
The reason unspoken grief experiences are so difficult to heal from, is because of the nature of the grief – and the choice to isolate oneself.
As I was helping an anonymous young lady on an online grief forum last week, my heart sure did go out to her. She – unknown to her parents, family, church family, and friends – had gotten pregnant and miscarried her first child 8 weeks into the pregnancy. Fearing judgment, she didn’t feel comfortable telling anyone except for the father of her child. For three years, she’s walked the road of grief all on her own.
Isolated. Heartbroken. Alone.
With unspoken grief, some grief events have happened recently, while some happened decades ago.
Some may have believed that time would heal their wounds, only to find that time hasn’t healed anything.
There are many grief experiences that are “unspoken” or “unknown”…experiences someone may not feel comfortable sharing with others:
- Unplanned pregnancies that end in miscarriage, secret adoptions, or abortion
- A sexual assault
- Medical diagnosis such as HIV
- Mental health diagnosis
- Family or marital issues
- Conflict with adult children or other family members
- Mistreatment of others or conflict that you never had the chance to make right
- Church conflict/church abuse
- Suicide issues that remaining loved ones have to go through
- Suicide attempt survivors
There are many life challenges people go through. With unspoken grief, they’re just not at a place they feel comfortable sharing with others the tremendous heartache they’ve been through.
Unspoken grief presents a big challenge for the person going through it: if they keep their grief concealed, they may never find the help or healing their heart needs.
So how do you heal from unspoken grief experiences?
Please realize God never intended for us to walk through grief alone. Community, as well as the many resources available, are very powerful gifts when going through heartache, challenges, and grief.
There are many confidential options for finding help and healing when going through an unspoken grief experience:
- Seek out confidential help with a trusted pastor, grief counselor, or therapist
- Find encouragement through a local grief group (GriefShare, The Compassionate Friends, local funeral homes who offer grief seminars, Grief Bites conferences, etc.). Many grievers do not realize their grief situations can remain completely anonymous at these meetings, conferences, and seminars. Outside of introducing yourself, you don’t even have to talk if you don’t wish.
- Utilize online grief resources (blogs, YouVersion’s grief related reading plans, grief related Facebook pages, GriefShare daily emails, The Compassionate Friends private groups, Grief Bites blog, etc.)
- Talk to a trusted family member or friend…keyword: trusted. When choosing who to confide in, always realize that two listening ears are also attached to a talking mouth – meaning, they can share what you confide in them, so be very selective in who you choose to trust!
- Go to your local bookstore or favorite online bookseller and purchase books on grief.
- The best place to go with your broken heart is to God. He is always there 24/7, He cares deeply for you, and He has the power to heal your heart and spirit.
If you are going through an unspoken grief experience, please know there is hope. You can find relief and healing. Seek out the help you need today so your heart has the opportunity to truly and fullyheal.
May God bless and encourage your heart!
Gratitude & blessings,
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