Prince Harry has opened up about needing help in dealing with the grief over losing his mom. All of us either have, or will, go through this same thing, dealing with the loss of a spouse, parent, child...family and friends.
Far too many people try to go it alone, and they suffer.
It's hard to reach out, when you are lost and afraid.
It's easy to disappear inside yourself, and keep living the torment.
But it makes it so much harder to heal.
I am so grateful that I had a good friend insist I see a counselor.
She provided a safe place for my rage, heartbreak and confusion to spill-out, so I could deal with it appropriately. I was questioning everything, I was beating myself up in every moment, and my anger was turned inward, and was unrelenting.
Marsha let me see that my failings and shortcomings were human, and my feelings were valid. She also let me see that I could channel those feelings into more positive avenues.
Marsha is assisting me in turning what was a soul-crushing thing, into a road map for the future. A future that looks much brighter than it did.
She has helped me grow...and grow up. Sometimes, in ways I didn't know I needed.
If you are having a tough time, don't dismiss counseling. It doesn't make you weak, it makes you stronger and more flexible.
If you are dealing with grief, depression, anger or any other negative emotion, a counselor won't make the hurt go away, but they will help you channel it into something meaningful. Or at least, see it more clearly.
This is a thing you are going through. It will pass. The question is, who are YOU, on the other side of it?