Contribution by freelance writer Sally Writes.
Grief is a natural and often expected reaction to the loss of someone beloved and cherished. This does not, of course, mean to imply that bereavement is any less difficult when it occurs. Having to let go of a loved one is undoubtedly one of the hardest things to do - especially when the loss is sudden. The ones left behind suddenly need to find ways to cope and recover. In the midst of loss, a spiritual retreat can be one of the best ways to reach a healthy goodbye.
Solace in Silence
A loss is never easy to address and in such times there are several signs or manifestations of grief that may invariably damage you and any relationships you have. Anger is common and an undesired, reaction to grief. A spiritual retreat can help you channel your unfiltered emotions and direct them towards healthy outlets that benefit your overall health in the end. It can help you get started on the path to being able to celebrate the wonderful life that was lived instead of focusing on the pain of loss. The silence that is often coupled with spiritual retreats allows you to listen to the thoughts and feelings that you may have been ignoring all this time.
Getting In Touch With Core Beliefs
A spiritual retreat enables people to leave distractions for a short time and grant an opportunity to relax and reconnect with one’s long-held beliefs. Meditation and counseling are often part and parcel of spiritual retreats. So not only will you be able to leave the noise behind but you’ll be able to hear words that can truly help you process grief in a healthy and manageable way. Whether you’re religious or more spiritual, a retreat is often successful in helping people find their way toward inner peace.
Natural and Healthy Processing
Sometimes the loss may be so profound that many choose to use clinical substances like antidepressants to help them along. The trouble with this is as long as the emotions are not processed and settled, the reaction will always be there. Medicine is just a stopgap for the symptoms of loss and not loss itself. A spiritual retreat promotes natural and healthy processing of loss through activities designed to attain emotional and mental liberation.
Emotions can be tumultuous at times and you will need a private and safe space to let them wash over you. Grief often comes with pain that is both exquisite and overwhelming but this does not mean that you need to be alone to sort them out. In fact, one of the main things that any psychologist will tell you is to seek help whenever you feel that you are at a loss. Spiritual retreats may just be the thing you need to help you come to terms with the reality of the loss and enable you to be able to say goodbye from a place of authenticity.