June 22, 2019

The Best Explanation of Grief & “Moving On” I’ve ever Heard.

Grief isn’t simple.

We go back and forth as a society trying to understand and define it.

Grieving doesn’t line up with a five day bereavement policy or any timeline, for that matter. We don’t magically hit day five and trod back to work like nothing happened. Or maybe we do.

We don’t wake up one day, look ourselves in the mirror, and exclaim, “My grief has left me forever, never to return again.” Or maybe we do.

Grief is constant and unpredictable, and as Nora McInerny beautifully puts it, there is no such thing as “moving on.”

Instead, this is what happens:



author: Michelle Gean

Image: Kat J

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Owen BARNETT Jun 26, 2019 5:43pm

Thank you Michelle …

Wanda LeBlanc Jun 26, 2019 5:30pm

So very true. I can relate totally. Thanks for that.

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Michelle Gean

Michelle Gean relishes the tapping noise her keyboard makes when writing or editing for Elephant Journal. As an engineer turned writer, she finds refuge in both numbers and words. When asked where she is from, she generally stares off, slightly confused and unable to answer that question. With family spread across the world, she has finally found her home in Boulder, CO. To connect with her or follow more of her life’s wanderings, leave a comment in the section above or follow her on Instagram.