The Ugly Side of Grief That Nobody Tells You About

I think we are all brought up knowing that when someone dies, it’s hard. We realize that losing a loved one isn’t easy and that it definitely isn’t something that anyone would ever want to go through. I think it’s clear that grief is a difficult experience. However, there are so many “ugly” realities that come as part of the grief journey that I believe nobody can prepare you for.

Nobody tells you about the amount of sleepless nights you’ll have

Nobody tells you about the ugly crying that comes out of nowhere, in the middle of doing regular, every day things.

Nobody tells you about the rollercoaster ride that this entire journey is.

Nobody tells you how years later, a single event or moment can bring you right back to the day the person died, causing you to grieve all over again.

Nobody tells you how much you’ll miss this person even years and years after they have died.

Nobody tells you how often you will literally have to force yourself out of bed because the thought of going on to another day is exhausting.

Nobody tells you how difficult it is to surround yourself with people who have NO clue what you are going through.

Nobody tells you about all of the stupid things people will say when they are “just trying to help.”

Nobody tells you how often you’ll want to cancel plans, call out of work and just spend the entire day and night in bed.

Nobody tells you how emotionally exhausting every single day of this journey is.

There is so much that I wasn’t prepared for. There was so much that nobody could even begin to try and explain.

This grief journey is the hardest journey that I have ever been part of. It is hard every single day, even on the days that are “easier.”

I wouldn’t wish these experiences on anyone, however, I wish we could do better at supporting one another throughout some of the hardest experiences of our lives.

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4 thoughts on “The Ugly Side of Grief That Nobody Tells You About

  1. This couldn’t have been said any better. I thank you for posting this. I related to all the points made here. Dealing with the death of my mom has been the hardest thing I’ve had to do and it’s true that the ugly cry comes out of nowhere ?

  2. this nails it… I lost my mom a week ago…and I have been a mess…not sleeping…not eating…its so hard to concentrate on work…thought it might be a distraction but it wasn’t I miss her so so much

  3. Christie thank you for your blog What you post has so much truth to it. My mom has been gone for almost 3 years and it doesn’t get any easier. No one really understands what I am going through unless they have also lost a parent. I wasn’t ready to let her go I miss my best friend. Dealing with the loss of my mother is the hardest thing I have ever gone through

  4. My auntie (one year older than I) we grew up close (learned life together passed…
    July 25th,2017
    August 27th,2017 my only baby sister passed.
    Sept.23rd,2017my mother passed..
    I’m lost

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