Being punched in the stomach by grief triggers can create a visceral experience in the body. Grief can be triggered by things heard, seen, touched, tasted, smelled, or memories of the past. When grief triggers set the body off at a mental, emotional and spiritual level, the loss is relived over and over again.
Common grief triggers:
• Your daughter killing herself is your fault
• I saw your ex out on a date with a hot guy
• I see you still have Bailey’s leash
• Didn’t Susan get your old job?
• I think vaccinations cause autism
• You’ll get pregnant again when the time is right
•Be grateful for the one leg you still have
• Did she just use the "N" word?
• Did you take your crazy people pills today?
These common triggers are often dealt with defensively through the launch of silent wars, twitter tweeting, minute-to-minute facebook status updates, instagram slanderous likes, and viral videos fights; all of which of course perpetuate more grief.
A revelation often overshadowed by grief: If you are standing on both feet, and get punched in the stomach by one of the many common grief triggers, you must acknowledge that you really do have within you, the power to overcome punch after punch after punch.
Question: How is this true?
Answer: You have already outlived the initial loss.
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