Grief is such a strange beast.
A deeply personal experience,
what registers as support for one person
might register entirely differently for another.
Everyone is going to have their own experience of it in their lifetime,
so the best thing we can do is not judge another’s process,
while also doing our best to extend them genuine empathy.
No hardening or retreating to our shells,
no dishing culturally ingrained scripts about grief,
no avoiding an opportunity for a moment of connection.
Love, love, and more love.
Because in truth,
a big, fat hug speaks volumes so much of the time,
for a grieving individual.
Choose to show up.