//

The Evolution Of Grief

Does it and will it ever go away?

I came across a video on BBC  showing how grief might be illustrated, how it truly changes over time and how, in reality, it always remains a part of us. With that analogy, it somehow sparked a parallel image in my head.  

Now imagine that we are this bookshelf and grief were this thick, heavy and permanent book sitting in it. Over time, that book doesn’t change in shape or size. It just stays there and becomes a part of the shelf, a part of us. As the days and years pass, our library grows along with the flourishing collection of milestones around it, each one transforming into another chapter that adds dimension in our life. 

The grief, even if we choose to gloss over it, becomes this indelible presence juxtaposed with the growing collection of thing marking all the milestones of our life.

The spine might fade in the sunlight, yellowing pages will fall out, and its cover will definitely gather dust, but our grief is a book whose pages we can flip through and go back to whenever it compels us.  

Without changing in weight, significance or meaning, it shall always and simply be another facet of our existence, and one of the myriad of stories in our constantly changing life. 

    The Thrive Global Community welcomes voices from many spheres. We publish pieces written by outside contributors with a wide range of opinions, which don’t necessarily reflect our own. Learn more or join us as a community member!
    Share your comments below. Please read our commenting guidelines before posting. If you have a concern about a comment, report it here.

    Sign up for the Thrive Global newsletter

    Will be used in accordance with our privacy policy.

    Thrive Global
    People look for retreats for themselves, in the country, by the coast, or in the hills . . . There is nowhere that a person can find a more peaceful and trouble-free retreat than in his own mind. . . . So constantly give yourself this retreat, and renew yourself.

    - MARCUS AURELIUS

    We use cookies on our site to give you the best experience possible. By continuing to browse the site, you agree to this use. For more information on how we use cookies, see our Privacy Policy.