Someone I love has died........
Someone you have given love to and received love from has died. You are in mourning. You are bereft. To be bereaved literally means to be torn apart.
You are on a journey that is often frightening, painful, and lonely. No words, written or spoken, can take away the pain you now feel. The death of someone loved changes our lives forever and the movement from "before" to "after" is almost always a long, painful journey that requires mourning.
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 someone we love dies, but if we are to heal, we must also mourn.
From Alan D. Wolfelt, Ph.D.
Center for Loss and Life Transition