Everyone will experience loss at some point - death of a loved one, end of a relationship, loss of a job, loss of a future you so desperately wanted. However universal grief may be, it’s also intensely personal - and usually, isolating.
You may feel like you have broken. Like no one's heart has cracked like yours. Like no one else's chest has been as tight and constricted as yours. Like no one has felt this type of pit in their stomach: your gut hollow and your insides tied up in knots.
You may feel guilty; thinking: I shouldn’t feel this bad, I should be grateful for what I have left; I should have done more while I could.
You may be confused, thinking: Is the loss big enough for my reaction? Has the loss actually happened? Why is it so ambiguous?
You may feel overwhelmed; asking: Will it ever end? Will life ever have meaning again? Do I even want to get through this? Will it cheapen my loss to move on?