Easing grief with the Bach Flowers
Grief is a multifaceted response to loss, particularly to the loss of someone or something that has died, to which a bond or affection was formed.
Everyone deals with grief in different ways, and it also depends on if the grief has come on because of a sudden death in the family.
One of my encounters with grief is when one of our dogs (Alice) passed away unexpectedly. It was a very sad day, and we will miss her.
The Bach Flowers can offer a gently way to help our emotions in times of grief, and meet individual needs. Here are some remedies that may help...
Suffering from shock and/or trauma? Star of Bethlehem assists with the distress and unhappiness following a shock (which can be timeless). It can provide comfort and consolation.
Feeling guilty about something you thought you should have done or not done? Pine is for guilt and self-blame and can relieve us from guilty feelings.
Just want to feel miserable and shut yourself off from the outside world? Water Violet is for when you just have to withdraw and seek solace in isolation. It can help bring on the desire to interact with others.
At at end of your endurance with grief and feel as there is no hope in feeling happy again? Sweet Chestnut is for when you have reached the end of your endurance, and can liberate us with optimism and a peace of mind.
Worried about how the loss can impact other family members of pets? Red Chestnut is for those who are over-concerned for the feelings of loved ones and provides calm and rational concern.
Feeling that all the joy and happiness has been sucked out of your world? Wild Rose is for feelings of apathy, resignation and disinterest in life. It can bring about a lively and enthusiastic interest in life again.
We now have a floral memorial for Alice and add more bulbs each year. We will have a splash of colour to remind of how much joy she brought to our lives.
Sarah Brune, BFRP, is a Bach Practitioner, educator and author.
Learn more about the remedies by reading Bach Flower Reflections