My Grief Doll
After spending some time soul searching, I realized that I was very sad. It was a deep sadness and a yearning for something more in my life and I realized that I needed help. I had started therapy in that same year and was dealing with many emotional issues from the past but therapy alone didn't feel like enough. I had always been good at sweeping the past under the rug or at least I thought that I was and was learning the hard way, that not dealing with an issue had consequences. This was definitely true in regards to the emotional trauma of my cancer.
Searching For Help
I attended a new healing circle that was formed by the associate minister, Sandy Scott. Sandy has an incredible gift of showing empathy and can just be present and supportive with someone in crisis. Her caring, love, and wonderful suggestions helped me to face the overwhelming grief that remained as a result of my cancer. For me, it was very important to take time for a healthy grieving period in order to heal.
A Healing Solution
Whenever I had a sad thought or feeling, I would write it down on a small scrap of paper and put it in my pocket or purse. This got the feeling out in the open and visible. At a later point in time, I could then stuff it into my doll. Sometimes, I even carried my doll with me in my pocket and could stuff it immediately. At an appropriate future time, I would then have a good cry with my doll who was now holding all my grief. Crying, praying, grieving, and healing, that is the gift that this very special doll brought to my life.
My mourning period lasted about a year. It may sound like a lot, but for me, it was a year well spent and a year, that has released me from an enormous amount of pain and has opened me spiritually. I am very thankful for having found my church, therapist, Sandy, God, and a mechanism for good grief.
I am healing and feel not only physically cured from my cancer but more emotionally healed as well. I hope that you will give one of these dolls a try if you have had some event in your life that needs healing too!
For more details about grief and intention dolls, please see Kimberly's site at www.HealthfulAttitudes.net