Being Real, Grief, Hurt and Pain, Life, Loss

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Why are people so scared of grief?
Why are people so uncomfortable with other people’s pain; so much so that people would rather stay away than actually be there when you are hurting??
I’ve thought about this SO many times over the last five years. For the longest time I have done nothing but make excuses for people. But let’s get honest here…
When someone has a major loss in their life, shouldn’t people be around? Is it that person’s responsibility to reach out and try and get people to be there? Maybe the answer is yes, I don’t know. But you know what? I think that is not only wrong, but it flat out sucks!!!
Look, I get that people are uncomfortable with other people’s pain. I get that it’s easier for people to assume that the person has lots of people around them and tons of support. I get that it’s easier to just think, aren’t they over it already??
Guess what??? When someone suffers a life altering loss, they don’t expect you to have all the right answers. They don’t expect you to fix it. You don’t know what to say?? Let me help you… Just say something! You don’t know what to do?? Let me help you… Just show up!
And while I’m at it let me help you with one more thing…

We don’t get it over it; ever.

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20 thoughts on “just.show.up.”

  1. Hi Joni I have to agree with what you said in this post. Grief should not make other people become strangers to those suffering grief. We should step forward just to be there as you pointed out. I look forward to reading more posts like this Joni. God bless you and your children and your husband in Heaven.

  2. Your points are well taken. People have a difficult time with their emotions and not know what do do when someone else in pain. Just show up or, being with, is good advice.

  3. It is important to be their for others wiping their pain away is for them to do but being their to help them through the days is what they need. So many do not understand how people react when in pain even when it is their friend, that is how much they know them. One of my friends externalises their pain by shouting whereas I internalise my pain. I often say to friends of my friend he is in pain you just have to understand him. They do not understand but when it is their pain they expect all the support and time in the world selfish really. Bless you dear take care. Your advice is great for those who are going through any kind of emotional pain. Keep putting the information out there eventually it will drop on someone’s ears.

  4. I say this every day. It’s on my posts too. I just. Sent a person I’ve never met that I became friendly with. A small gift to her home. It made her day. Her sons anniversary is tomorrow. I wrote in my card I will always show up for you

  5. If that isn’t the best advice, I don’t know what is. And please don’t assume that someone else will make the call, send the card, or do what you need to do! We are all better together than apart! 💖💖💖💖

  6. Remember not everyone handles their pain in the same way. I didn’t want people around because I don’t like to cry in public, I preferred to cry by myself in my house where no one could see. I’ve been through a lot in my life (abusive marriages, loss of my grandmother, my mother and my son) and being strong is something that gives me a feeling of some kind of control of it all. Do I fall apart? Of course I do. The public condolences just made me cry and I didn’t want to, not around them. I didn’t even want the hugs, because as I told my friend as she hugged me at my son’s viewing “you’re squeezing the tears out of me.” The best thing one of my best friends did (because she lives in another state) was to just write me a note and tell me how much she loved me and that her heart was breaking for me. It let me know she understood and I could cry where I was more comfortable, by myself.

    I guess it just helps to know the person who is grieving, do they want people around or would they rather spend the time alone? Most people go on how they would feel in the same position, tho not having suffered such a loss it’s just their best guess, Honestly I don’t think they are trying to ignore someone else’s pain, they just don’t want to make it worse. Like me, the person grieving might just want a note recognizing their pain but letting them deal with it in their own way. Sometimes it’s up to us to reach out to let them know what they can do to help us, ie: “I need to talk to someone can you come over for a little while, or tonight, I’d rather not be alone and we could just sit and talk or go for a walk, or a movie or dinner?” Rather than leaving them to guess what we are in need of emotionally. Who knows us better than we do? Sometimes there are people who are very good at empathy who will call sometimes reaching out to you to ask if there is something they can do, but not everyone has that mind set.

    And yea, some people do think we should be able to get over it, but like you said, we don’t. It catches us unaware sometimes and the pain is still there. It does get better, but it doesn’t go away. I feel more solace going to the Lord when I’m hurting and letting him comfort me. He lets me cry, but I know he’s there and it helps. He reminds me the parting is temporary and that I will see them again. I will add you to my prayers for peace and comfort. Peace my friend.

    1. Thank you so much for such a thought filled response. First, I’m so very sorry for your losses. I too went through several periods of time when I didn’t want to be around people. The whole point behind my statement, just show up, was don’t just leave that person’s life altogether. Too often people disappear from the life of someone who is grieving. The point is… do something, say something. Anything.
      Hugs 💗

  7. Thanks for sharing! 🙂

    “No matter the pain or suffering, it is always better if it’s a burden shared by two, instead of a weight carried by one alone”… (Larry “Dutch” Woller)

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