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We all know the affects Grief has on individuals left behind; But did you know that Grief can actually cause a person to be in complete Denial about what they are going through? Well, I know first hand, because I was deep in my grief after the sudden death of my husband and sank into an abyss of disbelief and began to pretend as to not allow anyone to know just how heart broken I really was and how heavy my grief really was.
I pretended to be happy, when inside I was completely broken.
I pretended to have it all together, when everything was falling apart.
I pretended to be strong, when I was completely losing control.
I pretended to be rested, when I wasn’t sleeping a wink at night.
I pretended to enjoy gatherings, when all I wanted to do was run and hide.
I pretended to smile, when it was so forced it felt my face would crack.
I pretended to have a busy schedule, to not accept friend’s invitations.
I pretended to enjoy life but began questioning the purpose of life.
I pretended to be spiritually stable but questioned why I was left alone.
Those left behind pretend because sometimes Denial is easier than accepting the absolute Truth!