Groundhog Day: Grief & Shadows

February 2, 2024

Waking up to see if things might shift, if they might start to get lighter, only to live the same circumstances again and again– Groundhog Day. A cycle grieving hearts know all too well. For each day we wake up and relive the emptiness of our loved ones’ final days. Each day we wake up to realize again and again, they are still gone– still missing.

We wake up to realize the same hole, the same vacant spot, is there– still. We don’t have to wonder if a shadow will be seen because a darkness, a silhouette, is the only thing visible where someone we loved once stood. 

We don’t get a choice of if or when grief will come and go, if it will leave earlier than expected or stay longer than we’d like. Once it comes, it stays– always. 

It doesn’t matter the day, or the year, the results are the same. 

A shadow.

Continued darkness.

Continued cold.

Continued longing for the light and warmth.

A shadow, always.

We don’t need a fuzzy little woodchuck to tell us what lies ahead. We wake up each day with that knowing, with that prediction. 

A shadow, today and forever.

A shadow, the silhouette of someone we lost– their replacement.

A shadow called grief.

xox, Chels

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A 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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