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Why Does Trauma Recovery Require So Much Grieving?

Grief can be defined as a deep sorrow. Sorrow can be defined as “a feeling of deep distress caused by loss, disappointment, or other misfortune suffered by oneself or others.” As well, sorrow is an “outward expression of grief.” Living with the unresolved affects of trauma is, most certainly, an experience of sorrow. Trauma takes from us. Trauma disappoints us. Trauma is nothing short than a misfortune of life we suffer, that others suffer, and that we often suffer at the hands of others. PTSD, post-traumatic stress disorder, is a “deep distress” as well as a series of reactions to the brain’s and body’s inability to fully comprehend a catastrophic disappointment. We shouldn’t have to go through trauma, survive trauma, and be haunted by our trauma in our minds, our bodies, and our souls. Yet, we are, we do, and the feelings are deep- cellularly, viscerally, spiritually deep.

Just talking about trauma in this way brings about the very heaviness these words attempt to describe. These words pull the sorrow of trauma from our deepest resources, hidden in our stomach aches, our restless legs, our toe cramps, and our migraines. The grief and sorrow of trauma sits like an aquifer in our being, an untouched cistern of emotional experiences needing to be released. Since sorrow is the outward expression of grief and grief is a deep sorrow, it takes little more association to realize that grieving has to be a part of the trauma recovery process. We have to let it out. We have to cry, we have to sob, we have to wail, we have to scream, we have to let snot run down our faces and let our faces get red and puffy and feel every inch of our being grieve the distress, grieve the loss, grieve the disappointment, and grieve the grave misfortune that is trauma in our lives. Trauma recovery requires so much grieving because it has to, because we have to grieve, because we have to feel through our trauma in order to walk through our trauma, and that includes feeling every ounce of grief and sorrow we’ve got stored up.

When we find a safe place to grieve, we are able to let it all go. Working with a trained, certified, experienced staff in a comfortable, welcoming, peaceful environment helps us feel safe enough to finally release the trauma which has held us hostage in our lives for so long. The Guest House Ocala warmly welcomes you to our residential programming for traumas, addictions, and related mental health issues where you are invited to participate in healing for mind, body, and spirit. For information, call us today.

You can walk through your trauma. The Guest House Ocala offers residential treatment programming for trauma, addictions, and related mental health issues. Call us today for information on our customized programs and availability: 1-855-483-7800