Elisabeth Kubler-Ross was a renowned 20th century psychiatrist who pioneered the study of grief. Her groundbreaking book, On Death and Dying, was based on her years of research and work and introduced the well-known five stages of grief that are widely used today to help people cope with the loss of a loved one.
Of the many notable quotes from her writings, one stands out poignantly:
“The reality is that you will grieve forever. You will not ‘get over’ the loss of a loved one; you will learn to live with it. You will heal and you will rebuild yourself around the loss you have suffered. You will be whole again, but you will never be the same. Nor should you be the same nor would you want to.”
Working through grief is tough, and is especially challenging when dealing with a loss around the holidays. With the fall and winter holidays almost upon us, Forest Lawn is offering free “Making it Through the Holidays” seminars to help you through this difficult time. For a list of dates, times and locations, please visit https://forestlawn.com/events/. For a list of helpful grief resources, visit https://forestlawn.com/grief-resources/.