Why Birth is a Grieving Experience
I am so excited to announce that Aaron, Ayla and I will be welcoming a new little one into our family later this fall!
While we are so excited and grateful, there is always the part of me that is scared, a little overwhelmed, and a bit nervous about how our lives will change. And that my friends, is the definition of grief.
“The conflicting feelings that come at the end of or change in a familiar pattern of behavior,” is the definition of grief that we use at the Grief Recovery Institute. The reason I love this definition so much is that it helps normalize the large range of emotions that happen even with milestones that are traditionally considered amazing (graduation, marriage, child-birth, retirement, etc.).
What is crazy for me is that I am also giving birth in less than a month to the book I have been working on for the last 3 years or so. In many ways, creating a book is like creating a child and somehow just as scary to me.
Writing a book, besides becoming a mom, has been one of the biggest personal growth journeys of my life. Sharing my thoughts and feelings, opinions and accumulation of knowledge, is quite a vulnerable experience. Like having a baby, it is exciting and scary, overwhelming and thrilling!
2017 is the year of the book and the year we bring baby #2 into our lives. Thank you in advance for all of your love and support!