I wish this wasn't the case but I've found comfort in knowing that people can relate on a deep level with what I've been experiencing the last two months: grief. The loss of my father hit me way harder than I ever expected. It's hard to explain to range of emotions I've experienced over the last two months. To be okay and to not be okay in the same breath. To laugh with friends and then cry out of nowhere a few minutes later. Before I started sharing about my loss on social media, it was a pretty isolating experience. In my close group of friends, I'm the only one who has lost of a parent. I had no idea. No idea that this many people either had experienced what I was going through or were currently going through it. The most DMs we've received so far is when I shared that I was having a hard time. Not just love and support, but women who understood it, all of it. Women of all ages. I was overwhelmed by the response and by the stories women shared with me about their losses - so naive to think I was the only one. But through you sharing your stories, I've found comfort. Your words have made me cry and have made me feel the depths of my grief, but most importantly they've taught me that you can come out the other end, much stronger than before. Thank you. Forever, thank you. Love, @alexfdamour
One of my favorite people, @lossandfoundxo
wrote an incredible piece: "How to Love Yourself through Grief". It's helped me tremendously and especially when I was in the thick of it, I often remembered her words. "It is a messy, painful, heartbreaking experience. But it can also be empowering, life-affirming, and transcendent. The choice is yours."
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