Woman Shares Visual Metaphor That Explains The Stages Of Grief And It’s Helping People To Understand Their Loss

Grief sucks. Losing a loved one is one of the most difficult experiences you’ll have to endure in your life, there is simply no avoiding the heartache and intense feelings of emptiness. However, by learning to understand grief, you can eventually help yourself come to terms with it and allow your life to move on. To help people make a little sense of their feelings during this troubling time, Twitter user Lauren Herschel shared an analogy she learned from her doctor.

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The simple but powerful visual shows a large ball inside a box, with a red “pain” button inside. The ball represents grief, which in the beginning is constantly bumping up against the pain button. Over time, however, the ball shrinks, giving more space in your life from contact with pain. It is always there though, and can that button can get hit randomly at any time, and it’s no less painful.

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Lauren found the analogy, told to her by her doctor to help her cope with the loss of her mother, very helpful in understanding why grief never truly goes away. Because there can be various triggers, like a favorite old song or a certain smell or taste, that can bring memories flooding back as the ball strikes that button once again.

Image credits: LaurenHerschel

Image credits: LaurenHerschel

Image credits: LaurenHerschel

Image credits: LaurenHerschel

Image credits: LaurenHerschel

Image credits: LaurenHerschel

Image credits: LaurenHerschel

Image credits: LaurenHerschel

Lauren’s thread was shared almost 5000 times as people related to the simple and effective metaphor. As a society, we still have a great deal of difficulty talking about death and grief, they provoke feelings that are not easy to articulate. The conversation that Lauren has started may go some way toward helping people to open up about their feelings, to become more comfortable with the burden of their grief and feel no pressure to “get over it,” as some people might thoughtlessly suggest.

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People thanked her for sharing this analogy:

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