What is Grief?

August 19, 2020

A sweet voice gently asks, what is grief? How do you explain it to people?

It was a complicated question with a complex answer, varying with each journey and each experience. 

Grief is loss and heartbreak. It’s a constant longing. 

Grief is crafted by love and built by beauty. It’s an appreciation for what once was.

Grief is ache and anger. It’s harboring unrecognizable emotions and unwanted fears. 

Grief is unpredictable and consuming. It’s an unwanted companion, always with you. 

Grief is debilitating and powerful. It’s strong and mighty, with an influence that cannot be denied or prevented. 

Grief is remembrance and celebration. It’s the beginning of a legacy, the one you’re left to design. 

Grief is a unique and never-ending journey. It’s a constant project of the soul. 

It’s a means to growth, change, and transformation. It’s an awakening. A burden that grew from a blessing. 

So what is grief? It’s everything and nothing, at the same time, always. 

xox, Chels

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Chelsea Ohlemiller

Chelsea Ohlemiller

A thirty-something wife, mother and educator who has Indiana roots and a passionate spirit. Chelsea is a sappy romantic, coffee junkie, book collector, and person who wears her heart on her sleeve. She’s sarcastic, full of jokes, full of tears, and enjoys writing most when life gets messy or complicated. In 2017, Chelsea's mother passed away. Through her grief journey, she decided to take her mother’s advice and share her writing with the world. One day she gained the courage to honor her mother's wishes and write. It turned out to be one of the best decisions she's ever made.

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