The Unexpected Twinge of Sorrow Is Almost Always Followed By a Smile

A few months ago, someone told me they were worried that I was still having trouble processing the death of my sister. It doesn’t matter who this person is. I assume this person’s intent was purely out of love and concern. They asked if I’d joined a grief recovery support group, which I haven’t. I offered the requisite, “I’m really OK. Some days are hard, some are just fine” and let it go.


Anyhow, since then, that conversation bothered me. I guess because it made me feel like I was doing this grief thing wrong. Was I taking too long to get over it? Do I have to stop mentioning her to prove I’m done with grief?

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Rachel Block Smith


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