“Believe me, every heart has its secret sorrows, which the world knows not, and oftentimes we call a man cold, when he is only sad.”
– Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Hyperion
Grief is not a competition. Sadness has no limit. Physical or mental pain is not on a scale in comparison to any other individual.
Again and again, I am reminded that people who have not experienced what we have, feel that they are entitled to tell you how long, how much, or how valid your feelings are. Can you tell me why I don’t like eggplant? Can you tell me why I don’t like the color brown? Of course not; we are individuals with a lifetime of experience and determination of our needs, likes, dislikes and depth of emotion and intuition.
Some people are very vocal about every ache and pain. Others hide it in shame or fear.
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