Our friends, family, colleagues, and perhaps even random strangers tell us that time heals all wounds, and that you need to suck it up and get over it. But grief, as I have come to know for a fact, is a process. You don't just get over it.
I’ve never been a fan of absolutes, but people seem to be drawn to listicles (myself included), so here is a concise list of knowledge I’ve acquired as a result of both my education in Humanistic and Clinical Psychology and my experience as a step-mother of two beautiful young human beings.
A close knit family is always right there for each other. When children are born, the parents raise their little ones to be close and grow to love each other. They are always together and when you have seen one child in a family, they are always there.
I had a moment with my almost three year old grandson yesterday.
"I just don't see why you have to do this to yourself," my grandmother complained again, taking another bite of her burrito.
According to research conducted by the Orlando Recover Center, the children of those suffering with an addiction are 8 times more likely to develop an addiction themselves. In fact, biology and genetics make up 50% of the risk factor for any kind of chemical dependency.