The death of someone loved changes our lives forever.
And the movement from the “before” to the “after” is almost always a long, painful journey.
From my own experiences with loss I have learned that if we are to heal we cannot skirt the outside edges of our grief. Instead, we must journey all through it, sometimes meandering the side roads, sometimes plowing directly into its raw center.
I have also learned that the journey requires mourning.
There is an important difference, you see.
Grief is what you think and feel on the inside after someone you love dies.
Mourning is the outward expression of those thoughts and feelings.
To mourn is to be an active participant in our grief journeys. We all grieve when some- one we love dies, but if we are to heal, we must also mourn.