- Firstly it runs you over, it lets you catch a breath, and then it reverses and runs you over again.
- The vast majority of people are really kind - if you allow them to be. It's impossible for people to know what to say; thankfully the loss of a child is way outside of most people's experience. But if you open your heart most people just want to help. If you allow them to it really really helps.
- Love and friendship are all that matter. Be really really grateful for the love of close friends and family. I definitely couldn't do this journey without them. AND I'm sure that I'm not much fun to be around at the moment; I am so grateful that people still want to spend time with me and reach out with love, understanding and compassion. I'm totally amazed that some of the people that do this are under 18. I thought that teenagers were supposed to be a pain!
- A few people can be mean. Most don't mean to be mean - they just can't deal with a loss of this magnitude or it's just not the right time for them - and at the end of the day my grief is not their grief and sometimes I want to "get away" from me too. So they avoid you, say daft things or sometimes even lash out. I'm afraid grief makes you selfish and I'm way too tired and lost in pain and sadness to try and understand why they may act like this. I'm sure that there are many reasons why and I'm absolutely certain that I am also super sensitive at the moment. So, just for now, I use my mental "delete" button to deal with these people. Their issues are not my problem and it means I have far more energy for the people who matter to me. Simple?
- A very very few number of people are just mean. Delete!
- Low expectations really help. A fellow bereaved parent (sadly there's a little club of us) advised me to expect to feel very sad every day. So every time I feel a tiny bit less sad it feels like a bonus. Maybe a good way to live life generally.
- Stay with the thoughts. It seems to me that there is no way round grief. Every time I have a sad thought (which is pretty often) I stay with that thought and just allow it to settle. Some people try and keep really busy to stop the thoughts, and I know that some find this helpful. Personally I find it much better to stay with the thought until it gently drifts away. This seems to make the bad thoughts a tiny bit less powerful.
- Remember that the strength of the sadness is equal to the strength of the love. Chloe really really mattered to me; so it really really hurts now she is gone. No surprise I guess.
Onto another day, another week without my precious Chloe :(