They say the five stages of grief are denial, anger, bargaining, depression, and acceptance. (Source) But when someone is diagnosed with a terminal disease, I think you start grieving right then even though they are still with you.
My uncle was the crazy one, the fun one, demented, weird, and nutso. He loved BIG and he fell hard. His last years of life were complete torture at times. He lived a lot of life and somehow managed to come out of it with a crazy sense of humor and was able to make people happy. Through the hardships of cancer, his faith was renewed and he shared Jesus with everyone he could. He had an incredible testimony.
When I heard he had cancer I think I cried for three days. I’ve known several people who have had it and not all of them survived their fight. But when it hits this close to home, it hits hard. I just broke my heart to watch him deteriorate. He was so vivacious and sassy.
Then when I heard he had passed peacefully in his sleep I think I went numb. It didn’t really hit until I got home that night and all was quiet and I was able to ponder a world without my Uncle Steve. I don’t like this world without him. Even though I understand that it’s best for him to be free of pain and to finally see his Mom, Dad, and son again. I’m jealous that heaven gets to have him now and I don’t. Is that wrong?
So I’m wondering where being numb comes into play in the five stages of grief because I don’t feel like I fit into any of the stages. Maybe I just went straight to acceptance because I don’t remember getting angry or bargaining with God or being depressed. Of course, I’ve been very far removed since I live in Tennessee and he’s in California. I’ve had the luxury of looking away when I couldn’t bear it any more. His children have not.
I just CAN.NOT imagine what they are going through. If it’s this bad for me, I know it’s hell for them. If you feel like praying or sending up positive thoughts for them I know they would appreciate it. Thank you SO MUCH.
Take care of yourself and love on those who are with you as hard as you can.
7 thoughts on “Real Talk Wednesday: Grief”
Have just come across your blog and this post..I read your pain in each word. I am so sorry for your loss. I hope as time passes your burden becomes more bearable
You express the feeling of grief very well Sweetheart. Thank you for finding the words so that others can understand just how quirky/fun/complex/crazy Steve was.
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I loved reading this sweetheart. Its a beautiful tribute to my brother and it expressed my feelings exactly. Thank you for sharing.
Love you, Dad
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This beautiful tribute to your uncle left a lump in my throat and tears in my eyes. What a big void he must have left. But he lived big and loved big and you can continue that legacy in his name. I see you in his animated face. Hugs to you and prayers of strength and comfort for his family and you, my friend. He is always there in your heart.
Oh gosh… breaks my heart.
It’s so hard to loose those we love in this world… we want to hold onto them forever. Your uncle seems like an amazing man. What a blessing that you got to have him in your life – even if it feels like a short time. Prayers for the whole family.