The Art of Grieving

Sun, 02/27/2022 - 7:45am

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  • Most alternative solutions are based on knowledge gleaned from ancient, indigenous cultures, reaching back over 3,000 years and had been lost to us in our medical mire of high technology, HMO’s, and insurance driven care. In my opinion it is this medical swamp that has driven Americans into the offices of alternative practitioners throughout the country; spending billions of dollars looking for relief and cures for the enormous increase in cancer, auto-immune diseases, and chronic conditions that have no magic cures or quick fixes from the medical community.

    Holistic medicine and alternative modalities have become much more available over the last 25 years witnessed by the boom in yoga classes, energy workers, naturopathic physicians and massage therapists in every community. In general, Holistic Medicine is an attitudinal approach to healing. It looks at each case, be it an accident or disease, as a total experience of the individual – physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually. In most cases in modern medicine the injury or illness is segregated and only the affected area is treated. Holistic means greater than the sum of its parts. In a holistic approach to healing the focus is on the whole person not on the disease or injury.

    Professor Woodson Merrill from Columbia Medical School states, “If you don’t help patients to harness their own healing capacities, you are putting them at a significant disadvantage” In the months to come I hope to offer some “Alternative Solutions” that will assist you in harnessing your own healing abilities.    

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    Judy Milinowski, Certified Behavioral Kinesiologist, Reiki Master and Qigong teacher. She is the former Executive Director of both Wainwright House the oldest holistic/spiritual center in the US and the Center of Holistic Medicine, New York United Hospital.  She has been practicing and teaching Self - Healing techniques for over 30 years. She has had the honor Studying with Shaman and powerful healers in Peru, Ecuador, Guatemala and on the Navajo Reservation. She has studied with the renowned Qi Gong Master Ken Cohen. She completed the Medical Professional Training Program at Dr. James Gordon’s Center for Mind/Body Medicine in Washington, D. C. and a USUI Reiki Mastership. Judy has lived in the Boothbay Region with her husband Roger, a professional artist for close to twenty years. 



The Art of Grieving

I think of myself as one of the most upbeat positive people in the world. I have dedicated my adult life to bringing positive energy to those who need a boast. But there is a limit to everything. It seems that for the last few months I have done nothing but sit at the bedside of dying friends and attend funerals. Six of my friends are newly widowed and several more have husbands that are critically ill. Between my husband and I us we have lost literally dozens of friends and family members in the past three years, only two were from Covid.  

I thought I was handling these losses very pragmatically. I think of myself as having cultivated a higher perspective about life and death. I remind people often that we are spiritual beings having a human experience. Our bodies are only provisional vehicles for our life journey.  So why in the face of so many people I know shedding their temporary dwellings am I barely functioning? For instance: my “To Do List” has had the same growing number of items on it for the past few months. I owe dozens of people phone calls and emails and I haven’t written a blog in two months. I told myself had not written my blog because I did not have anything positive to share. In all honesty that that is not it at all. I finally realized I am grieving the loss of so many friends and family members and realizing the depth of the holes they have left in my life has left me with a deep malaise.  

The irony is that the holistic the work I do is often about helping people through grief and trauma, but I did not recognize my own grief. On some level I think I thought I could just ride above the muck on my lofty spiritual high horse, but of course I need to go through the manure just like everyone else. My rational minds knows that when one reaches a “certain age” you begin to lose friends, but no one warned me it would be at such a rapid pace. Once I slowed my spiritual steed down to a trot, I realized that I am not only sad for my friend’s losses, but I am deep down sad for my own losses. I had become paralyzed by a slow. accumulating grief, bringing me down off my high horse into the muck.

There are expert opinions on grief going back decades and a lot of new grief experts arriving on the scene in the wake of Covid. They all attempt to organize grief into neat little packages that we can wrap our arms and emotions around and they can be very useful. They give us structure that can eventually lead to acceptance and even joy. But most of them are quick to admit after years of research and in many cases their own experience of grieving… everyone’s grieving process is unique. Yes, there are general stages such as: Shock, Anger, Guilt, Sadness/Depression, and Acceptance.  You may or may not experience each stage in the order presented and the time frames are vastly different for everyone.

Witnessing the individual journeys of each of my widowed friends I feel like I have a front row seat on the grieving process these days. One friend was back out in the community helping others within a few weeks of her husband passing. Another friend has been so incapacitated she had to shut down her business. Yet, another has thrown herself into a brand-new business, burying herself in work. I have also seen everything in-between.

The important thing is to identify what stage you are in at any given time, and that can even be different from day to day and allow yourself to do whatever you need to do in that moment to be present for the accompanying emotions. This can be a tall order especially when you are in a crippling depression. Unfortunately, this is where many people get stuck especially if they have not allowed the time and space for some of the other stages such as the anger and deep sadness. There is not any way around these stages but through them.  

Anyone interested in The Journey into Self-Healing needs to learn the Art of Grieving. We are all grieving, or we will need to grieve someone or something at some time. The toughest of course is the loss of a close family member: spouse, partner, child, mother, father, sibling or best friend. Other grief might be over a divorce, a job or career loss, the death of a family pet, or change of lifestyle. Many of us are grieving the loss of our prior life before the pandemic, or previous to the effects of this tumultuous political environment. Grieving is not a science, it is an art. Everyone's process is unique but there are tools and techniques to ease the way.  That is why I have decided to offer a 10-Week series called The Healing Journey of Grief. Hopefully you will have the courage to join this 10-Week Session. 

Journey into Healing Grief    Begins Tuesday March 15Th

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