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Coping With Grief in a ‘get Over It’ and ‘move On’ World

Updated on September 27, 2020
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We all live in a world where encountering grief or a loss can cause a strong feeling of hurt, let down, or even of betrayal. It can challenge your sense of security and confidence in the predictability of life, and the expression ‘Gets over it’ and ‘Move On’ are a difficult perception to accept.

Try as you might to do as told, to such an awful experience. It is difficult to express all of this in a way that someone who never experienced a traumatic can understand it.

Moreover, anything that takes away from your sense of value or self-esteem can leave you feeling angry, disappointed, and resentful. And If you do not know what your core values are, you focus on what society, culture, and media values, so it is hard to hear ‘Get over it” or just ‘Move on.'

If you experience a sense of betrayed and resentful, it can have an effect. These felt that everyone, eventually, will have, but you must learn to let go of any emotions that can linger.

Having to review all these effects are often normal responses to emotional trauma, but if you have ever come into contact with hurt or profound sadness, you can recognize it in others and aimlessness associate it with the situation described here; you know that it’s not that easy to ‘Get over it” or just ‘Move on.’

When someone loses something precious to them like a spouse, friend, family member, or pet the grief can be extreme. While experiencing the pain and sad memories, it seems as if the hurt will never go away.

You may even feel as if you’ll never be the same or feel whole again. However, after months or a year into the sadness, people look at how the survivor handles the grief and their sentiment is ‘He or she needs to ‘Get over it’ and ‘Move on.’

But If you understand Trauma, you will know it is not always clear what types of reactions will be shown, and the trauma can be transferred if not treated and it’s difficult for the injured party to ‘Get over it” or just ‘Move on.

“But in all of the sadness, when you’re feeling that your heart is empty, and lacking, you’ve got to remember that grief isn’t the absence of love. Grief is the proof that love is still there.” ~ Tessa Shaffer, Heaven Has No Regrets

Maybe you experience emotional trauma or know someone who has experienced a traumatic event like sexual abuse, or perhaps you experience it yourself. Sexual assault is a humiliating, terrifying, and brutal offense, and yet anyone can experience it.

No one is exempt, and no victim of an attack should be blamed, or deserves to have it happen to them. While traumatic events can happen to anyone, you’re more likely to be traumatized if you’re already in a very stressful situation.

If you have ever undergone any pain or depression of any kind, you experience unexplained aches and distress that won’t go away. You understand that the phrase ‘Gets over it’ and ‘Move On’ is not a common expression to accept.

According to research, women are more likely to be affected by Posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) than men. The study has also found that women share genes that make them more at risk.

However, after a traumatic encounter, everyone hopes they’ll be able to continue walking, talking, and even smiling. For many of us, a traumatic event will inevitably cause significant suffering.

To those who have suffered a traumatic experience, it can cast a long shadow over your life. And the expression ‘Gets over it’ and ‘Move On’ is a painful perception to accept.

“The ‘gift’ of grief is that it presents us with the opportunity to heal and grow.” ~ Jewish Proverb

Since grief is such a wide subject that incorporates so many kinds of losses and an almost endless range of disturbances. It is a sort of emotion that has a personality of its own; you never know how or when it will raise its ugly head and take a toll on you. And more, it controls every feeling within you, and sometimes there is no way to regulate it.

There may even be a day as to where you cry unfathomably, and some days you feel so hurt and numb that you can’t sob, and in other moments you are so unhappy or filled with a lot of pain you don't know what you are experiencing or just what to do.

Reflecting on a time when my emotion overpowers me with sadness, I can remember feeling extremely sad sitting in front of the window with the blind up, and the curtain open gazing up at the stars viewing the beautiful night sky.

As I looked up at the twinkling stars, and the dark sky, I can remember being over-emotional and full of thoughts. That night in many ways, my heart felt as if it would break into thousands of pieces as it palpitates in my chest and the ache I felt was unbearable.

Thinking back to my emotional break down, I believe what brought about the flow, I was holding in is I had just stopped looking at the News, listening at all the awful stuff going on in the world and I think I might have allowed all the terrible things I witnessed going on to take a toll on me.

Although I didn’t know that hearing very unpleasant or disturbing news would trigger all sorts of unsettling, uncomfortable and alarming feelings inside of me, yet it did.

Plus. I didn't realize that I was so fed up with all going on that I was not in touch with my emotional state, well not enough to grasp that I had so much sadness and pain buried inside.

I now understand when a person doesn’t deal with the source of their misery; it sometimes comes out when they least expect it.

Moreover, all the unkind things the News broadcast share different cruelty that exists in the world. I think the portion that got to me the most is seeing a video of how this young nineteen-year-old male with violent behavior, walks into a school to start a mass shooting and took the life of seventeen and injury fourteen.

To see the blood of so many children bleeding from a gunshot wound and the cry of mothers and loved one left me feeling like I was at the end of my rope.

To gain back control of my emotions, I had to stop watching the news and listening to the statistics. After all, no person of sound mind would do such a thing because what he did is unbelievable and unthinkable.

That day I had to realize some hard truths about the world, and that revelation is it will just, keeps on going with or without you.

So, I came to the realization this place has given me nothing but taken much away from me, but yet I have to live here to endure, and to do that it depends on my outlook on life.

From this viewpoint, I can share with the readers, with great confidence, that at some points in your lives, you have to let go of the hurt and choose to look at life as it is to grow.

Now, I use my eyes to look at the world as it is today. After viewing so much evil, my thoughts were as long as sinful people live, and refuse to accept responsibility for their action things will never change or get better.

Furthermore, this generation and the one to come will continue to be shackled in chains, linked by sin that imprisons the soul.

Because so much violence is going on, some people box themselves into a closed crate that they have carefully designed, trying to protect themselves from the things they fear.

However, you must not do this because what you are doing is closing yourself off to the possibility and significance of life.

Grief can be the garden of compassion. If you keep your heart open through everything, your pain can become your greatest ally in your life's search for love and wisdom. Rumi

Ways to get through the worst of times:

• Acknowledge what you are feeling.

• Self-care

• Stop feeling you at fault

• Promote a positive mindset.

• Accept that when grieving sometimes you will have a sad day for no apparent reason.

• Turn to a support person for help.

• Turn internal to heal inner wounds.

• Let go and stop pushing

When someone loses a loved one, pain is unavoidable. What is more, you will never truly recover until you cope with your loss and allow yourself to grieve. Moreover, you will not be able to rid the sadness until you accept what you are going through and then can you let go of the pain to start living again.

And I say when you lose someone precious to you; there’s an emptiness inside that is hard to fill. Nonetheless, during difficult times, you may want to escape or drown the pain out the best way possible.

To grieve, does not mean closing yourself inside a box or a crate. You must be willing to think outside the box and know there is something external better and accept the resources that will help you deal with your misery.

Devastating heartbreak like a sudden illness, unexpected death or a surprising breakup can leave you all feeling quite vulnerable and lost.

Moreover, no matter how strong you think you are, trying to keep from feeling helpless is almost impossible.

For that reason, it’s significant to keep in mind that even though you may feel powerless — you’re not. To all who have ever felt shattered and lost, you can reclaim your life and start again.

There is no pain so great as struggling with betrayal as it is a good reason to be upset at a person close to you who violates your trust. Deception is one of the most devastating defeat anyone can experience.

Besides, it’s hard to know what to say to someone when the pain doesn't disappear, and the wounds don't heal. Sometimes the pain comes too much that it leads the person to feel detached from their bodies, emotions, environments – even their families.

There’s an old Chinese proverb; "Death leaves a heartache no one can heal; love leaves a memory no one can steal."

Coping with the loss of a loved one is life's most stressful experience and, on the anniversary date, most people encounter grief and sadness.

Nonetheless, until a person has gone through the painful process and willing to come to terms with the loved one has died, they cannot ‘let go’ of their attachment to the lost person and ‘move on.’

Although you experience a tremendous loss, the person who is still alive will never be the same after suffering a significant loss.

Though as time passes the grieving person will find the strength to move on, recover, and begin to live life fully again.

In a perfect world, all would go just as you wanted; you'd have unlimited resources, the ideal job, a nice car, and a long-term love but, of course, you must live in the real world.

It doesn’t have unlimited resources; you have to pay taxes and so much more and sometimes you have to deficit your needs to pay down debts.

In real life, it involves grief, a complicated career, bad relationships, and high maintenance, car and can be entirely different from the perfect world.

Furthermore, what's more, we live in a ‘Get over it,’ and ‘Move on’ society, due to that saying some people miss so much, it's no wonder we are a generation that is full of an enormous amount of pain, sometimes too much for one person to handle.

Can you remember a time when you found yourself coping with grief or loss, if so, what was your approach?

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This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2018 Pam Morris


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    • Pam Morris profile imageAUTHOR

      Pam Morris 

      2 years ago from Atlanta Georgia


      Thank you so much for your reply. You are so right, "Time is the greatest healer" and the emotional pain will grow less as time passes and in time, time will heal all pain. Although time is not a medication where a person can take two pills to relieve their pain, yet that healing is within all of us. We get to decide when will that time come. It is that moment when we choose to let go of all hurt and pain that is when we are healed.

    • rajan jolly profile image

      Rajan Singh Jolly 

      2 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA.

      Time is the greatest healer. The pointers you have mentioned in this article will surely aid up the process. Thanks for sharing this useful article.

    • Pam Morris profile imageAUTHOR

      Pam Morris 

      2 years ago from Atlanta Georgia

      Ryan, Thank you so much for sharing, I am sorry to read about your life-threatening surgery, I know it wasn't easy, and you cannot just ‘Get over it’ and ‘Move on,' it takes time to recover. For some longer than others.

    • Ryan Cornelius profile image

      Ryan Jarvis Cornelius 

      2 years ago from Hollywood Florida

      Great hub here. This world says it in a way that hurts but followers of GOD should not. I had two life threatening surgeries before 35. One at 17. Moving on wasn't easy but it was something that I was motivated to do.

    • Pam Morris profile imageAUTHOR

      Pam Morris 

      2 years ago from Atlanta Georgia

      Nicely stated, thank you Shyron for stopping by

    • Shyron E Shenko profile image

      Shyron E Shenko 

      2 years ago from Texas

      If you have not felt grief,

      How would you know if you have felt love?

      Love keeps you inspired

      Grief keeps you humble



      Blessings my friend


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