I’m very interested in grief, loss, and how we approach these topics on an individual and societal level.
It’s a subject that fascinates me largely because of a life path that has given me a magnified, intimate look at death, depression, and suicide.
Our culture and society aren’t too big on death. It’s one of those awkward topics we’d rather be talked about in therapists’ offices and bedrooms.
I recently attended a Yoga for Cancer workshop with a friend who has cancer where the teacher pointed out this sober reality:
“None of us are getting out of this alive.”
Some of us have to face our mortality sooner than others, in the instances of illness or loss of a loved one. For the rest of us, it’s just a matter of time, realistically speaking.
I don’t say that to be morbid or negative. I say it as a wake-up call.
I find it so helpful to learn how other people have coped with loss, death, or averted suicide. Surprisingly, these stories often reveal people who have not just survived, but have thrived.
Many situations are hard to imagine ever recovering from, such as the loss of a child. Yet Desiree Rumbaugh shows it can be done in her story, “Love is Stronger Than Fear.”
Yoga teacher J. Brown shares his experience of losing his mother and his decline towards suicide, penning this poignant line:
“At some point, I got very low, so low that I felt I either needed to kill myself or find another way to live.”
I hope to offer more resources and survival stories in the future.
For now, this is my bottom line:
There is not a way out of loss, pain, or death. But there is a way through.