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September 1, 2022
Brandi Silver

This is Brandi Silver, FCS agent with the N.C. Cooperative Extension, Burke County Center. Our program today is about National Grief Awareness Day.

Grief is personal and individual. Every person experiences it differently. Personality, support systems, natural coping mechanisms and many other things will determine how loss will affect a person. There are no timetables, no rules and no linear progression. Some people feel better after a few weeks or months, and for others it may take years.

Permission to grieve does so much to lighten the load and allow us to progress into a new reality. If someone you love is experiencing grief, accept that grief exists and that it’s a personal journey for the person experiencing it. It is not something that requires judgment or any action to “fix” it.

Being physically healthy is another way to fill your emotional reserves. It’s natural to feel sluggish or have low energy, but if you’re able to take a walk or a run, it will promote the process. Combat your fatigue with an appropriate amount of sleep, and choose foods that provide you with comfort and energy.
The bottom line is – it’s completely okay not to be okay. Finding grief support from others is vital to the healing process. Pursue support with a therapist or counselor, through faith based groups, or seek out a grief coach.

This has been Brandi Silver with the N.C. Cooperative Extension, Burke County Center reminding you to be well and take care of each other. For more information, contact us 764-9480.