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Why Grief is Considered the Ultimate Test of Strength and Resilience

Without question, grief is universally recognized as one of the most challenging and painful experiences and changes a person can endure. It is a complex and multifaceted emotional response to loss, often accompanied by a range of intense feelings such as sadness, anger, guilt, and confusion. Here are a few reasons why grief is considered to be particularly difficult:


Profound Loss:

Grief typically follows a significant loss, such as the death of a loved one, the end of a meaningful relationship, or other major life changes. The magnitude of the loss can deeply impact a person's sense of self and well-being.

Unique and Personal:

Grief is a highly individual experience, and people navigate it in their own ways. There is no universally "right" way to grieve, and the process can vary widely from person to person.

Emotional Rollercoaster:

Grieving individuals often experience a rollercoaster of emotions, ranging from profound sadness and despair to moments of anger, guilt, or numbness. The unpredictable nature of these emotions can be overwhelming.

Impact on Daily Life:

Grief can significantly affect various aspects of daily life, including work, relationships, and overall functioning. Concentrating on tasks, making decisions, and maintaining a routine may become challenging.

No Set Timeline:

Grief doesn't follow a linear timeline, and there is no set endpoint. The process can be cyclical, with emotions resurfacing over time, especially during anniversaries or triggering events.

Physical Manifestations:

Grief can have physical manifestations, such as fatigue, changes in appetite, insomnia, or other stress-related symptoms. The mind-body connection is profound during the grieving process.

Social Isolation:

Grieving individuals may feel isolated or misunderstood, as societal expectations around grief can vary, and some people may struggle to provide adequate support.

Navigating Change:

Grief often involves navigating significant changes, whether it's adjusting to life without a loved one or adapting to a new reality. Coping with change can be a formidable challenge. The Change Guidebook offers a ten point process to help manage and navigate change on a variety of levels.

Facing Unanswered Questions:

In some cases, grief can be compounded by unanswered questions or unresolved issues related to the loss, adding an extra layer of complexity.

Continued Relationship with the Deceased:

For those mourning the death of a loved one, the ongoing relationship with the deceased, albeit in memory, can be emotionally taxing.

It's important for individuals experiencing grief to seek support from friends, family, or professionals, and to allow themselves the time and space to grieve in their own way. The journey through grief is unique to each person, and acknowledging the difficulty of the process is a crucial step towards healing.

About Elizabeth

In 2008, Elizabeth Hamilton-Guarino closed the door to her office to think about her life.

When she opened it, she walked out, leaving behind an almost two-decade career in the financial services industry in order to open the doors for the Best Ever You Network. Today, Best Ever You is a multimedia brand and platform with millions of fans and followers around the world.  Elizabeth is a tireless champion of others and believes in the need for the individual light within to raise the collaborative power of us and we. Today, Elizabeth is a writer, master coach, and speaker focused on change, success, gratitude and helping people be their best. She is the author of the bestselling and five-time award-winning book, The Change Guidebook: How to Align Your Heart, Truths, and Energy to Find Success in All Areas of Your Life and The Success Guidebook - How to Visualize, Actualize, and Amplify You.

Elizabeth is also a frequent speaker, and her work has been featured in places like Good Housekeeping, U.S. News and World Report, Forbes, Thrive, Medium, and more. Her popular “Elizabeth’s Best” e-mail newsletter is sent out each week to thousands of subscribers. Elizabeth and her husband Peter have been married for more than twenty-five years and have four adult sons, three rescued cats, and two dogs. They can often be found in their gardens, in the pool, raking leaves, or, depending on the season, in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.  You can learn more and sign up for the e-newsletter at and by visiting


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