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  • Writer's pictureAmy Salgado

Embracing the Lighthouse Within: Navigating the Storm of Grief


Person watching lighthouse and ocean landscape

Grief is a profound and natural response to loss, encompassing a wide range of emotions. Grief, like an unpredictable storm at sea, crashes into our lives, leaving us adrift in a sea of emotions. It can manifest in a variety of ways, including sadness, anger, denial, or numbness. Grief is not a linear process; rather, it’s a unique and deeply personal journey. By acknowledging and embracing our grief, we can begin to navigate the waves of emotions, finding solace and strength in the process.


We’ll explore the art of “sitting with grief” by using the metaphor of a lighthouse. Sitting with grief refers to allowing ourselves to fully experience and process our emotions without judgment or avoidance. It involves creating space for grief to be present in our lives. By allowing ourselves to be the steady beacon amidst the stormy waves, we can find guidance during times of loss.


The Lighthouse Metaphor: Standing Tall Amidst Turbulent Waters

I want you to imagine yourself as a lighthouse standing tall on a rocky shore, guiding ships as they navigate through turbulent waters. In the context of grief, the lighthouse represents your capacity to be a constant source of light and stability, even amidst the turmoil of emotions


Illuminating the Darkness: Acknowledging Grief

A lighthouse’s primary purpose is to guide ships during dark and stormy nights. Similarly, sitting with your grief involves acknowledging the darkness and turmoil that surrounds us after a loss. By illuminating the reality of grief and our loss, we can begin to navigate its unpredictable waters.


Finding Stability in the Present Moment: Practicing Mindfulness

A lighthouse stands firmly anchored to the ground, symbolizing the importance of staying grounded and present during the grieving process. Practice mindfulness by observing your thoughts and emotions without judgment, allowing them to flow with the tide.


Withstanding the Winds of Emotion: Allowing the Storm to Pass

In the face of grief, strong winds of emotions can be overwhelming. A lighthouse is built to be strong, and capable, to withstand storms. We must allow these emotions to come and go without resistance. We can embrace the waves of grief as they pass through us, knowing that they will subside over time.


Beaming Light on Memories: Honoring the Past

A lighthouse’s bright beam stretches far and wide, just like the light we shine on the memories of our loved ones we have lost. By honoring the past, we keep their memory alive and create a safe space to reminisce and cherish time spent together.


Guiding Ships to Safe Harbor: Seeking Support

Ships rely on lighthouses for guidance, and similarly, seeking support during grief is crucial. Their understanding and empathy can help navigate the stormy seas of grief and contribute to healing.


Rebuilding Amidst the Ruins: Healing and Growth

After a particularly difficult storm, a lighthouse may need repair, just as we will continue to need healing and growth after a loss. Embrace the opportunity for rebuilding as you move forward, allowing lessons learned from the grief into your life. Just as a lighthouse serves as a beacon of hope, find trust in knowing that healing and growth are possible as you embrace your feelings and sit with grief.


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