Good grief, Bad Grief.
Emotions, including grief, are a natural and inevitable part of life.
What is good about it?
Grief can be viewed either as good or bad. In the end, it is an emotion. An intense one, of course, but an emotion.
The key is how we process that emotion.
Dr. Madan Kataria, the founder of Laughter Yoga, explained to me that in India, the family expresses their grief openly.
At a funeral of a loved one, they wail, they cry.
He said we in the west tend not to do that. We tend to hold it in.
Perhaps some are afraid of being swallowed up by grief. Afraid that if they give in to it, it may never end. Or it may be too intense to handle.
Perhaps letting go of the fear around grief can help us to move through it more quickly.
Feeling it intensely, crying, wailing, whatever it takes.
Some may also feel that to release the grief would be dishonouring the loved one.
Consider that the departed loved one may want you to have a good life. They may not want you to hold on to grief all your life.
So, perhaps “bad grief” is when we hold on to it. And “Good grief” is when we allow it to express fully and therefore pass through and resolve.
If it is inevitable, why not allow it to resolve and fully feel it.
Perhaps allowing full expression of a so called “negative” emotion allows us to more fully feel “positive” emotions such as love.
Perhaps full expression of grief is essential to living a full and realized life.
Just some thoughts to ponder.
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