Grief takes as long as it takes

Please do not judge yourself harshly if you continue to grieve longer than you think you should. Grief is a constant companion. It will remain with us as long as the memory of our beloved remains with us. Just before the fifth anniversary of my parents’ accident, I was driving to Paola for lunch. Tears flooded my eyes. I could not stop crying. I thought, “it has been nearly five years. Don’t I ever get a reprieve? What did I do wrong that my grief is still so powerful?” I realized that my grief is still strong, because my love for them remains strong. I will always miss them. There is no expiration date on grief, because there is no expiration date on our love. Please, be gentle with yourself as you grieve.

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