Mourning a Loss
By Irma E on July 09, 2014
What is mourning? Does mourning only occur when someone we know and love has passed away? I believe that mourning can happen beyond just the subject of death. Why would I think about mourning at a time like this? Why would this be something that has filled my conscious mind? Life experience these past few weeks has lead me to this discussion about mourning.
A few weeks ago a dear family friend passed away..she has a heart attack at 58...and had been battling a losing battle with Cancer the last 14yrs. From time to time inspiration hits me and I put a pen to paper and work out a poem. I did this very thing for the spouse of our family friend, her husband. I wrote a poem about their life together and how she was taken too soon. It was about saying goodbye when the thought was that he didn't want to. I read this poem at her funeral yesterday and there was not a dry eye in the room. People told me it was beautiful and that I did an amazing job. I don't always believe I deserve credit for my writing because it is really left to inspiration. I mourned the loss of this family friend..who was a mother..aunt..wife..sister..grandma..friend..and more. This wasn't the only thing I have been in mourning of these past few weeks.
Sometimes life seems like it is too good to be true. You meet someone....you get excited...maybe you rush things a little too much...but you feel so good being with that person. It is that scenario that always has a warning sign on it because these types of situations never work out for normal people. I am no different than normal when it comes to this scenario. Just as quickly as it came..so quickly did it fall apart...and I was alone again. What was sad was it didn't even have a real chance to work. Things just happened and he realized he was not in a good place. We put this pressure on the situation by talking about dating when he was ready. We didn't realize how much that would weigh on both of us. What I didn't realize was that I was in a really bad place myself. See I had gotten so intense about this relationship in a short time (like a matter of days) and I didnt' know why. My counselor asked me about it and asking all these different questions. I couldn't tell her why I was so invested in something that didn't last very long. I finally discovered that it wasn't him I was invested in..it was having a distraction that I was invested in. My state exam is approaching fast and I have a fear of failure. I had been told by too many growing up that I would be nothing..that I wasn't good enough. That has haunted me through out my life. The excitement of a relationship steered my focus away and allowed me to just not think about it. Distractions can be good but not at the expense of someone's feelings. I didn't know if my feelings were even romantic towards him after I talked to my counselor. He wanted completely withdraw from this whole thing. I explained to him what I had learned about myself and asked if we could get to know each other as friends..no romance intended. He agreed..and I was glad because he is an aweome person. Maybe one day we will be more...but there is never pressure for that to happen...once friends was the title I felt a weight lift off me. No more being in limbo and wondering.
Before I realized all of this I mourned the loss of something potentially good. I mourned the fact that it didn't seem like I was ever good enough to be loved by someone. Because for some reason men don't tend to stay with me. I can't explain why..or maybe I could and I don't really want to.
I mourned the loss of my first car as well during this time. I named her Lucy and had her for 9yrs. We turned her in for a new car and yes I mourned a car. For me Lucy wasn't an object that got me from A to B. She a lot of memories from my Senior year in high school with all my friends. She was the car that I used during college...when I moved 1,000 miles from home..when I moved back home..and almost all through grad school. I still smile at some of the things that happened in that car...all the dorky memories from singing and dancing..to giving friends a ride in the trunk..to cruising down the highway and more. Lucy was the reminder of my youth and now she is gone. That is alright..it is just sad not to see that reminder anymore.
I also mourned the loss of a position I have had in a State Association for the last year. My term was only a year but it was a year full of new and wonderful things. I was a leader whom others listened and looked up to with this position. Now the torch has been passed to a wonderful person who will do awesome things. It will be hard to let go of that role and not be a leader anymore. At least in that sense.
Can we mourn the loss of people..things..feelings..and events? Does every word have to go by the dictionary definition? Or can some words just be what we believe them to be sometimes? Like the word faith....it means something different to everyone....or believe...God....Heaven....blessing....these are all words that the dictionary defines and yet if you ask a bunch of people...they would probably give you different versions of what the word means to them. Is that okay or is it decetful? I believe that it is okay to have your own thoughts and feelings on what a word is to you. As long as when you are in academia or professional realm you use it correctly. I believe that I mourned the loss of many things these past few weeks. The physical loss of a person I cared about...the loss of a potential relationship that could have been amazing...the loss of a car that kept memories from my younger years in tact..the loss of a position that made my year one to remember. It is hard to stop mourning or feel like the mourning will ever end when you are in it. In my eyes..when we mourn...we are asking for help to heal...we are asking for the pain to be let out so we can heal our wounds and start to feel better. It is okay to mourn whatever it is in life that has effected you. One thing is to make sure you don't get so caught up in the mourning that you lose yourself in it. Take the time to heal..eat ice cream..and all those awful bad things you shouldn't. Then when it starts to feel a little better..start to try and keep moving forward and live life. Mourning doesn't have to stop life it just allows us to feel pain so we may know happiness when it is thrown upon us.