Grief can be defined as an intense emotional state associate with the loss of someone or something with whom (or which) one has had a deep bond. It is not always associated with a death. You can go through the grieving process from a PCS, retirement or separation from a job, loss of property, ending of a relationship…the list can be endless.
It is important to note that everyone grieves in their own way and it is normal to grieve. There are five generally recognized stages of grief:
- Denial – Rejection or refusal to accept the truth (also known as shock).
- Anger – Physical expression of hostility directed toward others.
- Bargaining – An agreement between conscious mind and soul involving a negotiation for more time to live.
- Depression – Reactive grief over a specific loss and/or preparation for loss.
- Acceptance – An acceptance of existing conditions, a receptivity to things that can’t be changed
Recognizing that you are grieving something is sometimes harder for you to realize and then once you realize it, what do you do with your grief? Counseling can assist with recognizing and processing the loss. For Ben and Olivia, they were grieving the loss of a wife, mother, and moving from their home. The following story was shared on the NBC’s Today Show, and the Bored Panda website.
“Ben Nunery and his young daughter Olivia have published a gripping and beautiful series of images in which they bid farewell to their home and to their wife and mother Ali, who died of cancer in 2011 at 31 years of age.”
“Ben and Ali were married in 2009. Because they had just purchased their new home, they decided to take their wedding photos in the home that was to be their future. After Ali passed just 2 ½ years later, however, Ben and Olivia had to move into a new home together. To say goodbye, Ali’s sister Melanie Tracy Pace joined them for one more photoshoot in the home where Ben and Ali had their wedding day photos and where they had lived together. The resulting images, some of which even shadow the original wedding-day photos, are a touching and beautiful farewell to Ali and to their old home.”
Check out the photos on the Bored Panda website (http://www.boredpanda.com/father-daughter-recreate-wedding-pictures-ben-nunery-melanie-tracy-pace/) , along with some more specific information about Ben, Olivia and Ali’s story.