“No one ever told me that grief felt so like fear.” C. S. Lewis, in A Grief Observed.
When you are experiencing a loss, many feelings can rise to the surface and seem to dominate all your waking hours. You may feel vulnerable, afraid, angry, confused, sad, or hopeless. Perhaps you may find it hard to sleep, or find you can’t get out of bed. You may find you have no appetite or feel hungry all the time. You may worry that your pain or sadness will never end.
Grief is a completely natural response to loss. When someone you love is sick or has died it is emotionally painful. When you are suffering emotionally life can seem hard to manage, especially when everyone around you seems happy and engaged in life. You may wonder if you will ever feel normal again. You may wonder how God fits into.
When you are going through a time of grief it can be helpful to speak with someone who understands how painful it is to lose someone or something you love. Campus ministry is a safe and confidential space where you can talk about your loss and gain insight and perspective.
Joan Cavanagh is a trained hospital chaplain and bereavement counselor. If you would like to speak with someone in campus ministry, please contact:
Joan Cavanagh firstname.lastname@example.org and extension, x0882